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Topic - Jay Beagle
Rookie defenseman Patrick Wey will make his NHL debut tonight when the Nashville Predators visit the Capitals at VerizonCenter [7 p.m. CSN].
Marty Erat, Joel Ward and Matt Hendricks will all be facing their former teams tonight when the Predators visit the Capitals [7 p.m., CSN].
Center Brooks Laich stayed off the ice for the eighth straight day, raising concerns about his long-term health.
The team also placed goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who injured his lower body on Friday by stepping on a puck during pre-game warmups, on injured reserve, sidelining him until at least Saturday.
Before every game, Capitals coach Adam Oates has to make 23 go into 20. The NHL allows teams to carry 23 players. Only 20 can dress for a game. As cool as the media corps may be, players would rather be on ice than up in the press box where the scratches sit for a game.
The Capitals hit the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning without center Brooks Laich, who, according to a team spokesperson, is "being cautious" with a lower body injury.
Twenty-four hours after confirming he's asked general manager George McPhee to trade him and that it's "time for me to go," Erat tried to make Tuesday a normal day at the Capitals' practice facility.
Mike Green says he'll need one more day of practice before returning from a lower body bruise.
The Rangers wondered where their offense was through two games, when they came up empty on seven power plays. New York scored one power-play goal in six chances in Game 3 and another just as a Caps penalty expired.
Washington again failed to take a 3-0 series lead, a feat that has never been accomplished in 21 playoff series in franchise history. Instead, the Rangers have life going into Game 4 Wednesday night.
After a victory late in the regular season that included two goals by Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom was asked if it felt like the "good old days" when the franchise cornerstones powered a high-scoring team. "It depends how it is in the playoffs," he said. "And we weren't that successful in the playoffs in the past."
The Capitals' reputation as a team that can't get it done in the playoffs is well-established. Here's a look at how each playoff exit happened, with some help from ex-coach Bruce Boudreau.
General manager George McPhee brought Fehr back in January on a one-year deal worth $600,000. The idea was that if the 2003 first-round pick could remain healthy, he had the ability to add forward depth and produce.
Even though injury has limited Erat to seven games in a Caps uniform, his arrival meant everything within a locker room of an Eastern Conference contender.
Standing outside the visitors' locker room at Madison Square Garden on the morning of March 24, Adam Oates recalled the Washington Capitals' loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins a few days earlier, and not because of the seemingly crushing result. Instead, the coach said it was his team's best game of the season.
"Tough question," center Jay Beagle said. "Momentum shifts happen from a good shift. From a good penalty kill, from a blocked shot. It can happen from so many things. I thought we had three or four big hits from Willy [Tom Wilson] in that second and third period, so I don't know. Your main focus is getting a goal when it's 2-0."
Though he's hardly playing, Beagle said he's right where he wants to be.