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Washington will be without its Predators tonight against Montreal

Apr 9, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT


The Capitals will have a decidedly Nashville-less look tonight when they take on the Habs at the Bell Centre.

That’s because the club’s Predators contingent — Martin Erat and Joel Ward — is all banged up.

(Though, as astutely pointed out in the comments section, Caps blueliner Jack Hillen did play 55 games for Nashville last year.)

Erat is still feeling the effects of an Erik Gudbranson hit on Saturday — though the club says it’s not a concussion — and Ward is out after blocking a Sami Salo shot in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Ward and Erat were teammates in Nashville for four years before Ward signed with Washington as a free agent in 2011.

After a disappointing first season with the Caps, Ward’s rebounded nicely to post 8G-12A-20PTS in 39 games this year, sitting fifth on the team in scoring.

Erat, acquired at the NHL trade deadline in exchange for prospect Filip Forsberg, has only appeared in two games for the Caps, and one of those was cut short due to the aforementioned Gudbranson hit.

In other Caps-related news, the club will give Michal Neuvirth his second straight start on Tuesday. He stopped 28 of 30 shots in Sunday’s win over the Bolts and will start consecutive games for the first time since mid-March.

  1. jdubs316 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    I’m gonna go out a limb and predict the Caps will be without all their players at Verizon tonight. I think you got your telephone companies confused!

    • Mike Halford - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      It was a billing issue, according to the customer service department. Ha.

  2. blackfoot11 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Incorrect headline. Jack Hillen is in the line-up tonight and he played for Nashville last season. My advice would be to check the Caps roster before posting this blog.

    • withseidelinn - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Who cares about Jack Hillen, the notable guys are Ward and Erat.

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        Caps fans care about Hillen. He put the game winner past the Habs tonight.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Okay, I appreciate that. But I think you can realize the headline was (lightheartedly) referring to guys that spent several years in Nashville as opposed to a guy that stopped over for 55 games after spending four years with the Isles, right? Right?

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        I’m just being difficult based on the headline. Thanks for providing insight about the perspective you used.

      • Mike Halford - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        No sweat. We appreciate commenters being difficult, so long as they don’t start referencing certain appendages of certain Penguins players.

  3. flavadave10 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Will be interesting to see what the third line is without Ward or Erat.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      I’m thinking Fehr-Perreault-Wolski. Hear they called on Wolski via DC sportstalk .

      • flavadave10 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Replace Wolski with Hendricks and I love that line. Still pretty solid though.

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Agreed, I have no problem with Matty Hendricks getting the 3rd line minutes. Dude is a warrior on the ice.

  4. whatthepuck2012 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Thanks for making a little part of my brain die while trying to even figure OUT the headline. At least you didn’t use “Predator” as a verb in any way. :)

  5. ludacrish05 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Bell Centre* not Bell Center

    • jdubs316 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Actually if you’re going to use the French form of Centre it would be Centre Bell.

  6. capsfan19 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Alex ovechkin = russian predator?

  7. blastardo - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Fehr would be on second line with Laich out. Fehr-Ribeiro-Brouwer.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Oatsey put Wolski on the 2nd line with Ribeiro and Brouwer, and put Fehr with Perreault and Volpatti.

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