- In my last edition of Gameday Updates, I kind of forgot about Cory Emmerton. The only update on him I can find comes from Khan, who says nothing more than he is "skating."
- Henrik Zetterberg returns to the lineup tonight, which Jeff told you in the Morning Skate. Kulfan says Zetterberg will take Dan Cleary's spot in the lineup.
- That same tweet also says that Jakub Kindl will get his first action in 11 days, replacing Brian Lashoff. He last played against the St. Louis Blues. I'm not optimistic, but that's my obvious anti-Kindl-bias showing, so hopefully getting a sky-high view of the game will help him out. Honestly, I think the high point of his last 10 months was the Game 4 goal against Chicago last postseason, and it's been more or less downhill since then.
- Not much news on the injury front that hasn't been covered already. Following up on Cleary, he has missed some practices recently, according to Khan. Though no reasons have been given, my mind has already gone to the "groin problem" well.
- What do you know? Another team that struggles on the power play!
With three power play chances [against Columbus on Thursday] in the game’s final 15 minutes that included a brief two-man advantage, the Caps were in a position to respond. But their moribund power play went 0-for-7 on the night and is now 6-for-48 (12.5%) in January.
- Michal Neuvirth will get the start tonight for the visitors.
- The tweet above about Neuvirth getting the start also references Mike Green potentially being a game-time decision. In preparation for Green's possible absence, the Capitals have called up Tyson Strachan.
- Capitals' projected lineup:
FORWARDS DEFENSE John "suck it, Canada" Carlson Karl "son John" Alzner Dmitri "no, not that Dmitry Orlov" Orlov Mike "I'm on a moped" Green John "maybe I should give my k to Connor" Erskine Connor "there aren't enough k sounds in my name" Carrick GOALTENDING Michal "oh yeah" Neuvirth Braden "these guys" Holtby
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Eastern Conference, from Mike Vogel's Capitals preview also linked above (emphasis mine):
The loss dropped the Capitals to seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Despite its extended tailspin, Washington is still only two points in arrears of the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 28 games to go.
As bad as Tuesday's loss to the Flyers was, there's somehow still a pretty good chance for the Red Wings to extend their playoff appearance streak. Only 1 point out of that 8th spot, the second wild card? I'll take those chances, but the Red Wings trending in the wrong direction won't themselves, so it's high time to get back into the win column.
LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!