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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Open thread: Capitals vs. Panthers

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There is a lot at stake Tuesday night as the Capitals host the Florida Panthers in a battle for first place in the Southeast Division, so much so that Coach Dale Hunter compared it to a playoff game.

Brooks Laich took rushes in warmup and will play tonight despite suffering a left knee injury on Sunday against Boston. He skated with the fourth line, which will allow the Capitals to manage his minutes but still allow for him to see power play and penalty kill time.

Chat about the game in the comments section below and check back here before faceoff for Washington’s lineup.

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

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

Forwards
Ovechkin-Johansson-Brouwer
Chimera-Perreault-Semin
Hendricks-Halpern-Ward
Knuble-Laich-Aucoin

Defense
Schultz-Wideman
Alzner-Carlson
Hamrlik-Orlov

Goal
Vokoun
Neuvirth

Scratches: Jay Beagle and John Erskine.
Injured reserve: Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (sports hernia) on LTI.


By Post Sports Editors  |  06:00 PM ET, 02/07/2012

 
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