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Capitals will probably dress third-, fourth-string goalies Saturday

Apr 7, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

Matthew Lombardi, Dany Sabourin

As previously reported, netminder Michal Neuvirth was scheduled to see a doctor Friday afternoon after suffering a lower body injury on Thursday. The results of that examination aren’t known, but it looks like Neuvirth probably won’t play on Saturday. The Washington Capitals summoned Dany Sabourin Friday night so that he would be available for Saturday’s game.

With Tomas Vokoun also sidelined, the Capitals are projected to start Braden Holtby and use Dany Sabourin as their backup. In other words, Washington will finish out the season with the AHL Hershey Bears’ goaltending tandem.

Washington will play the first place New York Rangers on Saturday in a game that will be a playoff preview if the Rangers win. If Washington wins and the Florida Panthers lose in regulation time, then Washington will claim the Southeast Division and the third seed. In that scenario, they will have home ice advantage against the New Jersey Devils in the first round. Alternatively, If Washington wins, Florida picks up at least one point in their season finale, and Ottawa loses in regulation time, then the Capitals will take the seventh seed and play the Boston Bruins in the first round.

The New York Rangers have already locked up the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’re still fighting for the Presidents’ Trophy. A win against the Capitals on Saturday would lock it up, not to mention ensure that they start the playoffs against a team that might have two injured goalies going into the first round.

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Looks like the panthers and sens are safe where theyre at…

  2. kselvig - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    But if Washington wins and Florida loses in regulation, Washington takes the 3rd seed.

    • Ryan Dadoun - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      You are correct. I have modified the article.

  3. pastabelly - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I don’t understand why Washington is willing to settle for the 8th seed. They have played Boston tough and you’d think they’d make an effort to move into the 7th seed. This seems foolish.

  4. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    who said their settling for eighth? All signs point to the eight spot, when missing your teams top two goal tenders due to injury’s. If you read the article you would understand that.

    • pastabelly - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      If a playoff spot weren’t already wrapped up, do you really believe that they would be doing this?

      • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Yea buddy. they dont have choice, Neuvirth and Vokoun are hurt as i said and the article said. Vokoun probably will not be back at all the rest of the season/post season with his groin injury.

        And if saw you the fall on Neuys leg you would understand that hes not going to be back for at least a week minimum. The caps have the uttermost faith in Holtby, and im sure thy are still thinking they can still grab the South East Division title. Nothing is set in stone yet. Its not like their sitting the top two goalies for the rest and they’ll be playing 4/11. Its the card the have been dealt and if Nuey was healthy he be in net.

  5. t9tookey - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Sabourin told reporters after the game last night that he was recalled to sit back-up for the Caps game today but that we was going to be reassigned to Hershey on Sunday. Maybe he can bring Holtby back with him so Braden can get his car out of the airport parking lot. I know Braden gets a raise being in Washington, but those daily parking fees are going to eat it up! LOL

  6. cableguymike - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Well this is no good for the Canucks PT chances.

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