Michal Neuvirth will make his 17th start of the season and his counterpart for the Flyers will be Brian Boucher, who is 1-3 this season with a 2.82 goals-against average and .882 save percentage. In 14 career games against the Capitals, Boucher is 7-5 with a 2.34 GAA and .903 save percentage.
The absence of Mike Knuble prompted a little more line shuffling for the home team. In what shouldn't be a surprise, Alexander Semin will move up to the first line while Eric Fehr is slated to play along side Tomas Fleischmann and Brooks Laich, who will line up as left wing and center respectively.
This will be Fleischmann's second straight game at left wing, and when asked if he would play there more often from here on out Coach Bruce Boudreau said: "At least for tonight, we'll see how that second line center thing shakes itself out."