Ben Walter, or ’Wally’ (as in what the boys in Providence call him) should be in uniform this evening to fill the slot vacated by the injured Shean Donovan. While in Providence, he and Jeff Hoggan were linemates and will be reunited tonight.
"I was playing with Wally and T.J. Trevelyan and things started happening for me," said Hoggan, also a recent call up. "Wally was already doing well to begin with.
"He’s very creative and skilled.
"He’s smart defensively, too. He’s got a great plus/minus, and I look forward to playing (alongside) him tonight," he said.
For his part, Walter sounded excited, too.
"I am still nervous, but not quite as bad as last year," said Walter. "I am definitely looking to make an impact. That’s the biggest thing.
"Everyone in here is going to be playing desperate hockey and we’re in the playoff hunt, so I just want to be a part of that."
Coach Lewis took Walter aside during the morning skate.
"He said ’play your game and don’t think about the little things too much. Go out there and do what you do,’" explained Walter.In the crease
Over on TSN.com, I read that Olaf Kolzig will play for the Washington Capitals, tonight.
In 27 games versus the Bruins, Kolzig is 7-8-5-3, with a 2.86 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. He also has two career shutouts versus Boston.
Previously he had been on injured reserve with a knee injury since February 12. Tim Thomas
should be back in net for the Black & Gold, and with good reason. Not only is he coming off one of his finest performances of the season, against Detroit last Sunday, but against these Washingtonians Timmy has played seven career games and is 6-0-0-1, with a 1.93 GAA, and a .936 sv%.