The Capitals are 9-0-1 in their last 10 regular-season visits to Pittsburgh and hope that streak can continue tonight as they search for their third win of the season. The last time Washington lost in regulation here was Feb. 18, 2007.
Michal Neuvirth, who is 2-0-1 with two shutouts a 1.32 goals-against average and .954 save percentage against the Penguins since Coach Dan Bylsma called his glove hand “shaky” on HBO’s “24/7″, gets the nod in net for Washington. Pittsburgh will turn to Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 4-2-0 this season with a 2.44 GAA and .907 save percentage.
There is one lineup change to note on the Capitals side as Roman Hamrlik is back in the mix after sitting out the past seven games as a healthy scratch while Tom Poti is out with an upper-body injury. Hamrlik, who will be paired with Tomas Kundratek based on the first few shifts of the game, last played on Jan. 24 in Washington’s 4-1 loss to Montreal. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh will be without top defenseman Kris Letang.
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Faceoff: 7 p.m. Conosol Energy Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7
Based on warmup here’s what the lineup should look like:
Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby
Scratches: John Erskine (suspension), Mathieu Perreault and Tom Poti (upper-body).