WASHINGTON DC - FEBRUARY 12: John Carlson #74 and Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals warm up before the game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Verizon Center on February 12 2011 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Greetings, again, friends. After a week off, Russell and I return to the interwaves for another episode of JRR this Sunday (Sunday! Sunday!) morning (3/27) at 10am Eastern. (We'll return to our regular Saturday morning time slot next week.)
The Caps are comfortably atop the Southeast Division with eight more contests to play, but are suffering the loss of about a half a dozen man-games to injury per night (14th in the league in that department to date). Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott are both nursing injuries the natures of which are difficult to pin down, and rearguard Mike Green remains the biggest question of all. Will he return before the playoffs (or even in time for the playoffs)? What would a post-April absence of #52 mean for an extended playoff run? Can we quantify Arnott's contributions to the team, particularly to the playoff readiness of Alexander Semin? Who do you got between the pipes on April 13th if both Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov are 100% healthy?
It's the anniversary of our very first show, and we'll celebrate by welcoming back to the program the irrepressible Alan May from CSN Washington (a/k/a number #16 in your '89-'90 Washington Capitals media guide and #1 in your heart) to discuss all of those issues and more, including some further thoughts on Matt Cooke in light of his recent suspension-earned play.
Here's your question for tomorrow's show:
Which non-injured Cap has the most work ahead of him to prove his readiness as a playoff regular in the lineup between now and the end of the season?
The call in number is (917) 388-4003 and we'll take your questions @japersrinkradio.
Join us while finishing off that leftover 10-ingredient fried rice that you ordered the night before.
One final admin note: my wife and I are expecting our first child any day now (which is why last week's show was canceled) and I may be unexpectedly, joyously, called away from the microphone. Check @japersrinkradio for any last-minute updates!
And if you're in a band based in the DC metro area and would like your music used in future episodes of JRR, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.