|Time to build a little momentum...|
Former Capital Jose Theodore will get the call in goal from coach Kevin Dineen after yielding his last start to Scott Clemmensen. Theo made 24 saves on 26 shots in his last outing, a loss in Los Angeles, and on the year is 10-5-3 with a 2.28 GAA, .924 save percentage, and one shutout. He did not play during the first game between Florida and the Caps. Elsewhere, Matt Bradley (upper body), Scottie Upshall (hip), and Mikael Samuelsson (hernia), are all on injured reserve and have not played in over two weeks. Samuelsson and Bradley, however, are not considered locks to miss the contest and may return to the lineup. It is not known who would sit should they play.
Dale Hunter seems likely to give the nod to Michal Neuvirth in nets following his nice performance Saturday against the Senators. Neuvy stopped 32 of 34 in that game for only his third win of the season, and on the year is 3-4-1 with a 3.60 GAA and .878 save percentage. On the injury front, Mike Green (groin) and Jay Beagle (concussion) are both out and will not play, while Alexander Semin (shoulder) and Roman Hamrlik (lower body) were questionable heading up to the morning skate but will not play because of their ailments. That means that Dmitry Orlov and Cody Eakin will keep their respective spots in the lineup.
Late start tonight...puck drops for this one 7:37-ish. Check back later.