Open thread: Capitals vs. Blue Jackets

October 19, 2013

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Capitals close out their five-game homestand against Metropolitian Division foe the Columbus Blue Jackets, who they haven’t faced since Dec. 31, 2011. Braden Holtby (1-4-0, .899 save percentage, 3.28 GAA) gets the start for Washington and will be opposed by Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky (2-4-0, .921 save percentage, 2.49 GAA).

Discuss the game right here and pass the time before puck drop with these reads.

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Woes rooted in defensive play

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

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Schmidt-Green
Urbom-Oleksy

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: John Erskine (upper body) and Jay Beagle.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)

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