Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Capitals return to Verizon Center and kick off a five-game homestand against another former Southeast team, the Carolina Hurricanes.

Braden Holtby (0-2-0, .848 save percentage, 4.47 GAA) makes his fourth consecutive start of the season and remains in search of his first win of the year. Meanwhile the Hurricanes will go with Anton Khudobin (1-0-0, .944 save percentage, 1.00  GAA), who backstopped them to their only win of the season so far, 2-1 over Philadelphia on Oct. 6.

Talk about the game right here and pass the time before puck drop with these reads:

Carrick learning on the fly | Latta at fourth-line center, Urbom to make Caps debut 

Oates on Hertl: “Don’t disrespect the league”

Faceoff: 7 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM and 1500 AM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

Forwards
Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Laich-Grabovski-Brouwer
Chimera-Fehr-Ward
Erat-Latta-Wilson

Defense
Alzner-Green
Erskine-Carlson
Urbom-Oleksy

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Jay Beagle, Aaron Volpatti and Connor Carrick.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)

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