The Washington Capitals face off tonight against the San Jose Sharks. In fact, this is one of two rare meetings against the Sharks, in the next 9 days. The Caps and Sharks have nearly identical won/loss records, with Washington at 29-15-10 and San Jose at 28-19-6.
Michal Neuvirth was the first off the ice today, indicating he will get the nod between the pipes. Makes sense, given the fact, Neuvy is coming off a big shutout against Pittsburgh. On the season, Neuvirth is 16-6-4 with a GAA of 2.46 and a .910 save percentage.
The Caps will welcome back Alexander Semin. HC Bruce Boudreau did confirm Semin will be in the lineup tonight. Semin has been nursing a groin injury and has not been on the ice since January 8th. Semin’s return left to Jay Beagle’s demotion back to Hershey.
The availability of Mike Green is a game time decision. Green took a brutal puck to the ear on Sunday that cause significant bleeding on the ice. I would not look for Green tonight. Don’t look for the returns of Eric Fher or Tom Poti tonight.