The Capitals (7-2-0, 14 points) host the Anaheim Ducks (5-5-1, 11 points) for a 7:30 start from Verizon Center. The Caps started out hot, winning their first seven, before losing two in a row during a west coast swing and hope to get back into the win column tonight.
Defenseman John Erskine will be making his 2011-2012 debut tonight after recovering from offseason left shoulder surgery. To make way for him, the Capitals re-assigned defenseman Sean Collins to AHL Hershey and recalled top prospect Cody Eakin from AHL Hershey. Eakin is likely to make his NHL debut tonight and in 10 games in Hershey this season he has three goals and five assists. Capitals Head Coach talked about Eakin today,
“Every report we’ve gotten is he’s played really really well down in Hershey.”
Boudreau also added that they wanted to take a look at him and with Hershey only playing one game this week, that this was a good opportunity to do so.
The odd man out of the lineup for the Capitals looks to be Jeff Halpern as he took the extra skate with DJ King. King was put on waivers yesterday and cleared them, the Caps will have to decide what to do with him now.
Tomas Vokoun (6-1-0, 2.15 GAA, .932 Save pct.) will be in goal for the Capitals.
Defenseman Mike Green skated for the first time today since he was injured October 22nd when he took a puck to the face and twisted his ankle. Green first skated in a t-shirt and sweatpants before the morning skate and then came out for about 15 minutes in full pads during the end of the skate. Green said that it “felt good” today and that there is no target date for his return. He also said that he’ll need only “one good practice” to be ready to play. Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said on Green,
“He felt a lot better and from all accounts he’ll be at practice tomorrow.”
Listen here to what Bruce Boudreau, John Erskine, Dennis Wideman, Cody Eakin & Mike Green had to say following the morning skate today.
Bruce Boudreau Morning Skate Audio
John Erskine Morning Skate Audio
Dennis Wideman Morning Skate Audio
Cody Eakin Morning Skate Audio
Mike Green Morning Skate Audio