Practice Notes: Game Day 4/2/2011
Good Morning from Arlington. As the Caps prepare to finish out their homestand against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, they are taking to the ice here at KCI for their pre-game skate. Below are a few notes regarding personnel on the ice this morning:
Everyone is on the ice this morning, which is a good sign as the Caps look to get healthy for the playoffs.
The ice is crowded with defensemen this morning as injured Caps Mike Green, Tom Poti, and John Erskine are all skating along with Hannan, Carlson, Alzner, Sloan, and Schultz. There is also a new face on the ice, Sean Collins, sporting number 62, to add some depth to the depleted D corps. This is Collins' first NHL recall since January 2009. Collins has 20 points and a +29 rating in 73 AHL games with the Hershey Bears this season.
Defenseman not on the ice this morning:
Dennis Wideman appears to be the only member of the defense missing. He continues to recover from the hematoma in his leg following Tuesday's shootout loss to the Canes.
Varlamov and Neuvirth are both in net this morning. It appears as though Neuvirth will get his second consecutive start tonight, as he was the first one off the ice. Neuvirth spent the better part of practice taking shots from the forwards under the watchful eye of goalie coach Irbe, as Varly manned the net against the defense.
As the practice winds down, the following players remain on the ice, which is a likely indication that they will be scratched for tonight's game:
Matt Hendricks, D.J. King, Jay Beagle, and John Erskine. Mike Green and Tom Poti also remain on the ice for some some skating and conditioning drills.
That's all from KCI this morning. Be sure to visit Andy Green's full breakdown of tonight's matchup with some insight into how injuries will play a part in tonight's matchup for both teams.
Gametime is 7:00pm.
Catch the action live on NHLN-US(HD) for national audiences, CSN-DC [HD] for the DC Metro Area, and Caps Radio 1500 over the airwaves.
Caps Defense Between Drills
Laich shooting on Neuvirth