Open thread: Capitals vs. Flyers


(Nathan Denette/Associated Press)

Coach Adam Oates shuffled his line combinations for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, putting Alex Ovechkin on a line with Mike Ribeiro and Wojtek Wolski.

That trio played together at the end of Washington’s 3-2 loss to Toronto Thursday and was able to generate a few scoring chances in the frantic, ultimately failed, attempt to tie that game. It will be interesting to see if working with Ribeiro helps spark Ovechkin at even strength.

The only lineup change from last night’s roster is goaltender Braden Holtby. The 22-year-old will make his first start since Jan. 22 and will be opposed by Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov (2-4-0, .924 save percentage and 2.19 goals-against average).

Holtby’s start isn’t much of a surprise given that the Capitals are in the middle of playing three games in four days and Michal Neuvirth has made five consecutive appearances.

“It was his turn,” Oates said of the decision to go with Holtby. “We talked about it with the guys a few days ago that Neuvy has played a lot in a row and back-to-back. Fresh legs kind of.”

Faceoff: 7 p.m. Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7

Based on warmups here’s what the lineup should look like:

Forwards
Wolski-Ribeiro-Ovechkin
Johansson-Backstrom-Brouwer
Chimera-Beagle-Ward
Hendricks-Crabb-Fehr

Defense
Alzner-Green
Erskine-Carlson
Schultz-Kundratek

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Mathieu Perreault, Tom Poti and Roman Hamrlik.

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Katie Carrera · February 1, 2013