Michal Neuvirth was the first goaltender off the ice from this morning's session at Bridgestone Arena and it appears he will get his fifth straight start for the Capitals tonight against the undefeated Predators (3-0).
Mike Green (upper-body injury), Tom Poti and Matt Bradley (both lower-body injuries) did not make the trip to Nashville. Defenseman Brian Fahey has been recalled from Hershey however and will complete the Capitals group of six blueliners for tonight and will be paired with Tyler Sloan.
With Green and Poti, who average more than 27 and 19 minutes of ice time per game respectively, out of the lineup John Carlson said that every other member of the defense just has to buckle down and take on the challenge of a bigger role.
"I don't think it changes anything. I think we all just have to assume a bigger role," said Carlson, who will likely be paired with John Erskine against the Predators. "We all have to be at the top of our game because those are two unbelievable defensemen, but when the best players are out, the rest of us feel a little pressure to up our game a bit and play a little better. So I'm hoping that we can give ourselves a little kick in the butt and bear down tonight."
--On the forward side, Boudreau said rookie center Marcus Johansson will be ready to play against the Predators. This morning he was skating between his previous linemates, Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr.
--D.J. King was out on the ice with the assistant coaches long after the rest of the team left, so it's probably a safe bet he will be the scratch for tonight.
--Predators Coach Barry Trotz said rookie Anders Lindback, who has 62 of the 67 shots he's faced through three games for a .925 save percentage, will start in net for Nashville.