Open thread: Capitals at Rangers

Dec 3, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) makes a save on Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash (20) in the third period at Verizon Center. The Hurricanes won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Rookie Philipp Grubauer will make his second career start and first of the season Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. He’ll be opposed by Henrik Lundqvist (9-11-1, 2.51 goals-against average, .916 save percentage) who hasn’t allowed a goal to the Capitals since Game 5 of last year’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Discuss the game right here and check out the following reads before puck drop.

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Faceoff: 7 p.m., Madison Square Garden
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-Oleksy

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

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