Update: Michal Neuvirth suffered a lower-body injury during warmups and will miss Friday’s contest. Braden Holtby now gets the start with video coach Brett Leonhardt serving as backup. More here.
Michal Neuvirth (2-3-1, 2.83 goals against average, .912 save percentage) makes his sixth start of the season as the Capitals look to snap a four-game losing streak. Montreal, riding a four-game winning streak, will turn to Peter Budaj (4-1-0, 1.58 goals-against average, .942 save percentage) against the Capitals again.
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Faceoff: 5 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: CSN, NHL Network | Radio: 106.7 FM
Here is the Capitals’ lineup.
Goal: Holtby, Leonhardt.
Scratches: Michal Neuvirth (lower-body), Brooks Laich (lower-body), Steve Oleksy and Martin Erat.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau), John Erskine (knee).