Open thread: Capitals at Hurricanes

December 20, 2013

Eric Staal and Alex Ovechkin battle for positioning back on Dec. 3 at Verizon Center. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Philipp Grubauer (3-0-1, 2.06 goals-against average, .937 save percentage) makes his fourth start in the past six games and sixth appearance of the season Friday night in Carolina. The Hurricanes will go with Cam Ward (5-5-5, 3.04 goals-against average, .901 save percentage).

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

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Faceoff: 7 p.m., PNC Arena
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-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Oleksy

Goal: Grubauer, Holtby
Scratches: Casey Wellman, Michal Neuvirth and Alex Urbom.
IR: Michael Latta (lower body)
LTIR: Brooks Laich (right groin), Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau).

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