News and notes as the Capitals hit the ice today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Still no Neuvy: Goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who suffered a lower body injury when he stepped on a puck during warm-ups Friday night, has been placed in injury reserve retroactive to Friday, the team announced today. He is eligible to come off the injured list on Saturday when the Nashville Predators visit Verizon Center.
Neuvirth [2-3-1, 2.83, .912] was supposed to start on Friday night against Montreal. Goatender Philipp Grubauer, who was recalled from the AHL Bears on Saturday, remains with the Caps.
Still no Laich: Brooks Laich, who is also nursing a lower body injury, made the weekend trip to Long Island, but is not practicing today. That meant the Capitals had no exrtra forwards at practice.
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Green-zer? Assistant coach Calle Johansson reunited defensemen Mike Green and Karl Alzner against the Islanders and that pairing remained intact today.
Look ahead: After playing three games in four nights, the Caps will play just once in six days. The Carolina Hurricanes visit Verizon Center Tuesday night [7 p.m., CSN]. Former Caps winger Alex Semin is expected to miss the game with a concussion. Of the Caps' 14 wins this season, only six have come in regulation.
Here is a look at the line combinations and defense pairings:
Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin
Eric Fehr – Mikhail Grabovski – Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera – Jay Beagle – Joel Ward
Aaron Volpatti – Marty Erat – Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner – Mike Green
Nate Schmidt – John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov – Tyson Strachan
Extra skaters: Steve Oleksy, Alex Urbom, John Erskine [knee]
Braden Holtby – Philipp Grubauer