Open thread: Capitals vs. Ducks

December 23, 2013

 (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Philipp Grubauer (4-0-1, 2.05 goals-against average, .940 save percentage) gets the nod against the hottest team in the NHL as the Anaheim Ducks, winners of eight straight, make their first visit to Verizon Center with Bruce Boudreau as their head coach. Jonas Hiller (15-4-4, 2.43 goals-against average, .914 save percentage) will start for Anaheim.

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

Boudreau returns for first time since Caps fired him in Nov. 2011

Catching up with Perreault | Extras from Boudreau

Laich returns to lineup

Greenberg: Ovechkin in the midst of historic season

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
Laich-Beagle-Wilson

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Oleksy

Goal: Grubauer, Holtby
Scratches: Michal Neuvirth, Aaron Volpatti and Alex Urbom.
IR: Michael Latta (lower body)
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)

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