The Capitals (44-22-10, 98 points) play host to the Carolina Hurricanes (35-30-10, 80 points) tonight in a Southeast Dvision showdown from Verizon Center at 7pm. The Caps are two points out from tops in the Eastern Conference and Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said one goal of theirs is to win the conference. The Hurricanes are in a desperate position, with only seven games remaining they are five points out of a playoff birth and tonight can make or break their season. The Capitals are 5-0-0 against the Hurricanes this season and have won 12 of their last 14 overall.
Alex Ovechkin, whose missed the last three games, and Jason Arnott, whose missed the last six, are most likely going to be back in the lineup tonight and will give the Caps, who come off a 4-2 six game road trip, a huge boost. Semyon Varlamov (10-0-4, 2.26 GAA, .923 Save pct.) likely in net for the Caps and is 3-0-0, 1.95 GAA, .937 Save pct. against the Canes this season.
Mike Green skated for about 17 minutes before practice and got off the ice before the morning skate started. Tom Poti didn’t skate at all today. Jason Chimera, DJ King, Jay Beagle & Tyler Sloan look to be the scratches tonight. Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Jason Arnott, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson & Brooks Laich had to say following the skate today.
Bruce Boudreau Practice Audio
Alex Ovechkin Practice Audio
Jason Arnott Practice Audio
Nicklas Backstrom Practice Audio
Brooks Laich Practice Audio
John Carlson Practice Audio
Sky Kerstein is 106.7 The FAN’s Capitals Beat Reporter and co-host of “Morning Skate” every Sunday from 9am-10am on 106.7 The FAN. Also you can find video recaps of every Caps game and post-game interviews on www.1067thefandc.com. You can get in touch with Sky on Facebook or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/SkyKerstein.