This season the Capitals have welcomed some of the NHL's top rookies into the fold. Michal Neuvirth leads all first-year goaltenders in wins with 12 and is tied for the overall best mark as well, while John Carlson is the highest scoring rookie defenseman.
Whenever Washington faces Carolina, viewers get a look at another high-profile rookie in Hurricanes' 18-year-old center Jeff Skinner. The seventh overall draft pick in the 2010 draft, Skinner is the youngest player in the NHL and leads all rookies with 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists). Despite the high offensive numbers, Skinner just recently snapped a four-game pointless streak with an assist in Carolina's 2-1 shootout loss to the Predators.
Skinner created a few chances against the Capitals in the teams' first meeting this season on Oct. 27 and he's definitely worth keeping an eye on as Washington faces the Hurricanes twice this week. He's also put himself into the Calder Cup conversation with his performance through the first two months of the season, as have both Carlson and Neuvirth for the Caps.
Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday that the post-game conversation Alex Ovechkin had with Ilya Kovalchuk near the coach's press conference was a "non-story".
AROUND THE WEB
Ted Leonsis said what happened Monday night was not a sign of disrespect. (Ted's Take)
Dan Rosen on Michal Neuvirth's success in the NHL. (NHL.com)
It might be Thanksgiving week but it's not too early to talk about the Masterton Memorial Trophy, which Tom Poti may be a front-runner for. (NHL.com)
The NHL released the early returns for All Star voting and you can check out the full position breakdown of the leaders. (NHL.com)
The good folks at Media Chameleon, Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson, who have produced "Hockey Diaries" the past two years are looking for fans attending the Winter Classic who would like to share their story of the event.