Open thread: Capitals vs. Panthers

(Rob Carr/Getty)

(Rob Carr/Getty)

The Capitals host the Panthers tonight in a quest to not be the last place team in the Eastern Conference. Speaking of conferences, the NHLPA has approved realignment and the new plan has quite a few changes in store for Washington so be sure to check out all the details.

Braden Holtby makes his 11th consecutive start after going 7-3-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in the previous 10. He’ll be opposed by Florida rookie netminder Jacob Markstrom, who is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .931 save percentage. For more on how Holtby is handling his heavy workload and why Philipp Grubauer is backing him up again, check out this post from earlier in the day.

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

Discuss the game in the comment section below and based on warmups here’s what the lineup should look like:

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

Defense
Alzner-Kundratek
Erskine-Carlson
Schultz-Oleksy

Goal: Holtby, Grubauer.

Scratches: Tom Poti, Michal Neuvirth (ill) and Aaron Volpatti.
IR: Mike Green (groin), Marcus Johansson (concussion), Jack Hillen and Brooks Laich (groin, non-roster).

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