Open thread: Capitals vs. Lightning

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Tomas Vokoun makes an eighth consecutive start as the Capitals host struggling Tampa Bay, which has lost five straight. The matchup with the Lightning is the second contest in a four-game homestand that provides a key opportunity for Washington to advance up the Eastern Conference standings.

Faceoff: 7 p.m., Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 1500 AM

Based on warmup here is what the lineup should look like against the Lightning:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Johansson-Semin
Knuble-Laich-Brouwer
Hendricks-Halpern-Ward
Chimera-Eakin-Beagle

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Wideman
Hamrlik-Kundratek

Goal
Vokoun
Neuvirth

Scratches: Mathieu Perreault, Jeff Schultz and John Erskine.

Injured reserve: Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (groin) on LTI.


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