By Sky Kerstein

The Washington Capitals (28-22-5, 61 points) host the San Jose Sharks (30-17-6, 66 points) tonight for a 7:30 start from Verizon Center.  The Caps come off a 3-2 road loss to the New York Rangers last night while the Sharks come off a 3-0 shutout in St. Louis yesterday.  The Caps are currently one point out of the playoffs and four points behind the Florida Panthers for first in the Southeast Division.

Tomas Vokoun missed yesterday’s game with the flu and didn’t take part in the morning skate today.

“He’s better, it’s one of those things, tonight will be a game-time decision,”  Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter said on Vokoun today.

Hunter said he would talk to Vokoun and then decide if they will need to bring somebody up to back up Neuvirth tonight.  Neuvirth  (6-9-3, 3.07 GAA, .894 Save pct.) is likely to start his second game in as many days tonight.  Neuvirth is a career 0-3-0 against the Sharks with a 3.37 GAA and a .897 save percentage.

Mike Knuble is a healthy scratch for the third game in a row tonight.

Mike Green skated for over an hour today, by far the longest since his abdominal surgery on January 17th.

“He’s feeling better every day and again it takes time, he’s right on schedule, but it takes time,”  Hunter said on Green.

Green is still one to three weeks away from returning.

Listen here to what Dale Hunter, Karl Alzner, Joel Ward & Matt Hendricks had to say following the morning skate today.

Dale Hunter Morning Skate Audio

Karl Alzner Morning Skate Audio

Joel Ward Morning Skate Audio

Matt Hendricks Morning Skate Audio


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