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Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate in Tampa

It was a rather sparsely attended morning skate at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, but that’s to be expected on the second day of back-to-back games. Here are a few notes and tidbits that came out of the session:

--If you missed the previous post, Mike Green skated for the first time since he suffered a second hit to the head on Feb. 25 against the Rangers. There’s still no timetable for his return from what is believed to be a concussion.

--Michal Neuvirth should get the start in net tonight for the Capitals, as Coach Bruce Boudreau tries to see if he can be the guy to carry the load at a crucial time in the season. This will mark Neuvirth’s seventh consecutive start and he is 5-1-0 in his last six.

--Jeff Schultz, who was a healthy scratch last night in Florida, is back in the lineup. That means Tyler Sloan will be the odd man out among the defensemen.

--Marcus Johansson did not skate but appeared to be walking okay this morning after taking a shot off his right foot/ankle yesterday against the Panthers. Boudreau said he believed Johansson would be ready to go against the Lightning.

--The Capitals’ lineup for tonight’s important and final regular-season tilt against Tampa Bay will likely look a lot like the arrangement that faced the Panthers.


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