Carolina sits last in the Eastern Conference heading into this tilt and will be without No. 1 goaltender Cam Ward, who suffered a lower body injury over the weekend. The Hurricanes are expected to go with 25-year-old Justin Peters in net tonight against Washington.
Peters, who has served as the backup since Brian Boucher was placed on injured reserve back in December, has appeared in only four games this season going 1-3-0 with a .911 save percentage and 3.65 goals-against average. So if there’s ever a game for the Capitals to find their offensive groove, tonight might be it.
Every player, excluding Nicklas Backstrom (concussion), who is not on the trip, is on the ice for the morning skate including Mike Green. The defensemen didn’t skate in pairs this morning but Green is expected to face the Hurricanes.
Here is what the lines looked like during rushes(and don’t forget that tonight’s game is a 7:30 p.m. start):