Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't reveal his starting goaltender during his pregame comments, but it appears as though Michal Neuvirth will be in net this afternoon to take on the Senators. Neuvirth made 24 saves on Dec. 19 when the Capitals defeated Ottawa, 3-2, to snap their eight-game losing streak.
Neuvirth is one of the numerous rookies and other young players on whom the Capitals have depended greatly this season, and Boudreau isn't surprised that they're all doing well.
"We've got [six] rookies in the lineup and they're playing well and they deserve to be there," Boudreau said. "They're good players, they just haven't had a chance to make our team. Now with injuries and situations that they are, they're getting that chance. When they get the chance, the one thing I always learned as a player, you've got to take advantage of it. Sometimes the door or the window isn't open that long."
--Andrew Gordon, whom Boudreau said "deserved to be recalled", will be in the lineup for the matinee tilt against the Senators, though where precisely won't be known until after warmup.
--Against Vancouver on Friday, Boudreau put Jeff Schultz back next to Mike Green on a defensive pairing. In the seven games since he returned from a fractured thumb, Schultz played primarily on the right side with either Tom Poti or John Erskine while Green developed chemistry with Scott Hannan.
"It was time. They played together last year they were both plus-50 and I don't think you lose your spot just because you get hurt," Boudreau said of putting Schultz and Green back together. "We wanted him to get better and again get some games under his belt before we took him and he doesn't play the right side anywhere near as well as he plays the left side. It was an easy switch."