Newsand notes from todays practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex:Returnof Schultz: The biggest switch from todays practice appears to be the returnof defenseman Jeff Schultz to the lineup. Schultz replaced John Erskine andskated with Dennis Wideman on the Capitals third pairing.Itsa chance for me to get back in, Schultz said. Its all or nothing and Ill justgo out there and play. Theyre really good at getting shots through and theycrash the net hard and they really look for those odd-man rushes. Ineed to eliminate them playing down low and keep them wide. I just need to goout there and play like I know how to play. Schultzplayed the first three games and was a minus-4 with no points while averaging13 minutes of ice time. Erskine was brought in for his toughness in Game 4 andwas a minus-1 with one assist while averaging 9:48 of ice time. Thereal concern for the Caps might be the defensive play of Wideman, who is aminus-4 and has been on the ice for eight of the Caps 12 even-seventh goals inthe series. Weneed to clean up our mistakes, Schultz said. Thats what killed us the lastcouple games. We need to clean up those mistakes, capitalize on our chances andsee what happens in the end. Forwardlines: Dale Hunter made no changes to his forward lines, going with BrooksLaich between Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer; Nicklas Backstrom between MarcusJohansson and Alex Semin; Jay Beagle between Matt Hendricks and Jason Chimera;and Keith Aucoin between Mike Knuble and Joel Ward. The extra forwards on theice were Jeff Halpern and Mathieu Perreault. Mattias Sjogren, recalled beforethe start of the playoffs after playing most of the season in Sweden, did notskate because of immigration issues.Ratings spike: Sundays Game 6 was themost-watched, non-Stanley Cup Final NHL game on record in the Washington market. The game earned an 8.63rating in D.C., approximately 204,000 households, and reached a peak viewershipof 345,000 households in the D.C.Baltimore area. Game 7 of the 2010 EasternConference quarterfinals against Montrealearned an 8.10 rating while the 2011 Winter Classic earned a 7.6 area rating. WednesdaysGame 7 will be carried locally by Comcast SportsNet at 7:30 p.m. from TD Gardenin Boston.
Schultz expected to return for Caps in Game 7
April 24, 2012, 3:14 pm