Open thread: Capitals vs. Rangers

Dec 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) checks Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Capitals won the game 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Ovechkin and Dan Girardi jockey for position when the Caps and Rangers squared off on Dec 8 at Madison Square Garden. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

Philipp Grubauer (4-1-1, 2.20 goals-against average, .934 save percentage) makes his sixth start in nine games Friday as the Capitals host the Rangers. New York will go with Cam Talbot (8-2-0, 1.80 goals-against average, .938 save percentage) leaving Henrik Lundqvist on the bench as a backup for a third straight game.

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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-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Oleksy

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

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