This visit to Philadelphia is oddly reminiscent of the first game the Capitals played here this season back on Feb. 27. It’s the second of back-to-back contests after winning the night before and once again Michal Neuvirth was slated to start against the Flyers but isn’t able to do so, which means Washington turns to Braden Holtby once more.
Sunday will be Holtby’s eighth consecutive start. Back on Feb. 27, which was his eighth consecutive start at the time, Holtby allowed four goals on 18 shots and was pulled in the second period of Washington’s 4-1 loss allowing Philipp Grubauer to make his NHL debut. Once again it will be Grubauer backing up Holtby in Philadelphia.
Neuvirth took a puck off the mask in Saturday’s morning skate in Buffalo and still wasn’t feeling well on Sunday. So the Capitals aren’t taking any unnecessary risks with the 25-year-old goaltender and are sitting him out in case the shot resulted in a concussion.
The Flyers will go with Ilya Bryzgalov, who will make his 33rd start this season. Bryzgalov is 5-3-0 with a .933 save percentage and 1.99 goals-against average against the Capitals in his career.
Faceoff: 6 p.m. Wells Fargo Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7
Discuss the game in the comment section below. Based on warmups here’s what the lineup should look like:
Goal: Holtby, Grubauer.
Scratches: Michal Neuvirth (head), Wojtek Wolski, Tomas Kundratek and Dmitry Orlov.
IR: Eric Fehr (upper body), John Erskine (left hand/wrist) and Tom Poti (back).