Open thread: Capitals vs. Predators

December 7, 2013

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Braden Holtby (12-9-1, 2.75 goals-against average, .922 save percentage) will make his sixth consecutive start Saturday night as the Capitals host Nashville. The Predators are still without top goaltender Pekka Rinne, who is sidelined with an infection after undergoing hip surgery in October, and will go with Marek Mazanec (5-6-1, 2.31 goals-against average, .922 save percentage).

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

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Brouwer working to reignite his offense

Neuvirth practices, not ready to return | Laich’s groin injury is “concerning”

Caps defense an experiment in youth

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

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Green
Schmidt-Carlson
Orlov-Wey

Goal: Holtby, Grubauer.
Scratches: Brooks Laich (groin), Alex Urbom and Steve Oleksy.
IR: Michal Neuvirth (right ankle).
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau), John Erskine (knee).

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