Open thread: Capitals vs. Blues

November 17, 2013

(AP/Carlos Osorio)

Update: Prior to the start of Sunday’s game the Capitals placed Mike Green on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 13, the day after he suffered a lower-body contusion against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Players on injured reserve — it’s important to note this is not long-term IR — must miss a minimum of seven days, so Green would be eligible to return to the lineup Wednesday when the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With an open spot on the 23-man active roster after putting Green on IR, the Capitals recalled Dmitry Orlov. The defensive prospect has yet to make his season debut with Washington and was a healthy scratch for seven games earlier in November.

Braden Holtby (9-6-0, 2.73 goals-against average .920 save percentage) is expected to get the start Sunday against the St. Louis Blues, who are 6-1 against Eastern Conference foes. The Blues will go with Jaroslav Halak (10-2-2, 2.31 goals-against average .907 save percentage).

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

Johansson a natural fit with Ovechkin, Backstrom | Green to miss Sunday’s game

Greenberg: On power plays | Caps will try to contain Steen

Last time out: Five thoughts on Washington’s 4-3 shootout win in Detroit

Faceoff: 6 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Schmidt-Strachan
Urbom-Oleksy

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth
Scratches:  Dmitry Orlov, Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle.
IR: Mike Green (lower-body contusion).
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau), John Erskine (upper body).

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Katie Carrera · November 17, 2013

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