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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Michal Neuvirth to start against Maple Leafs

Michal Neuvirth was the first goaltender off the ice for the Capitals at Air Canada Centre and he will make his third consecutive start and second career appearance against the Maple Leafs tonight. This will be Neuvirth’s third straight contest out of the final five in the regular season, and it looks as though the Capitals may be trying to get him in a rhythm for the post season.

A few other notes from the morning skate:

--Coach Bruce Boudreau said if it were the playoffs, Alexander Semin would be in the lineup.

“He could play if we wanted him to play today,” Boudreau said. “I hope he’s back tomorrow but if he’s not…. hopefully it will be Saturday. If it’s not, then hopefully it will be the first game of the playoffs.”

Seeing as it is still the regular season, though, there isn’t a definite game set for his return.

--Sean Collins and John Erskine, who left the game against Columbus on March 31 after suffering an undisclosed injury, both came off the ice early with the group of players who expect to be in the lineup for the evening’s game. It looks as though they will be paired together against the Maple Leafs.

--Meanwhile, Jay Beagle, D.J. King and Tyler Sloan all took part in extra work with the Capitals’ assistant coaches and Semyon Varlamov, so they’re the probable scratches in Toronto. Sloan didn’t appear to be hindered in what was a relatively intense workout, but it’s unclear why he is out of the lineup. It could be the fact that he is left handed — while Collins is right handed — or it’s possible the Capitals are playing it safe with Sloan after he was hit in the head and jaw by Buffalo’s Cody McCormick on Saturday.

-- Via a team news release, the Capitals’ playoff games will be broadcast on 106.7 The Fan in addition to 1500 AM. They will also be broadcast on Fox 1370 Sports Radio in Baltimore and 95.6 FM and 1350 AM The Game in Fredericksburg, Va. Click here for more information.

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