Open thread: Capitals at Flyers

November 1, 2013

With Alex Ovechkin sidelined by a right shoulder injury, Eric Fehr is back on the wing with an opportunity to step up with significant ice time and a more prominent role. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

Braden Holtby (4-5-0, .913 save percentage, 3.07 GAA) will make his 11th start of the season Friday night as the Capitals wrap up this stretch of five road games with a matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers. This Metropolitan Division tilt will mark Holtby’s first appearance since being pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots in the first period at Calgary on Oct. 26. He’ll be opposed by Steve Mason (3-6-0, .928 save percentage, 2.25 GAA) in the Flyers’ net.

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

Ovechkin to miss Friday’s game with shoulder injury | With Ovechkin out, it’s Fehr’s chance to step up 

Greenberg: Johansson is no passenger | Johansson back at center | Orlov scratched

Faceoff: 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Center
TV: CSN+, NHLN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Schmidt-Green
Urbom-Oleksy

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Alex Ovechkin (right shoulder), Dmitry Orlov and Jay Beagle.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau), John Erskine (upper body).

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