Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

January 2

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Philipp Grubauer (5-2-2, 2.02 goals-against average, .938 save percentage) makes his ninth start in the past 12 games Thursday as Washington faces the Metropolitan Division rival Hurricanes. Anton Khudobin (2-0-0, 2.00 goals-against average, .929 save percentage) will start for Carolina making his first appearance upon returning from an ankle injury that has sidelined him since Oct. 13.

As always discuss the game right here and pass the time before puck drop with these reads

Carlson named to 2014 U.S. Olympic team

Washington leans on Grubauer | Oates shakes up the top lines

Caps have yet to determine the future of the three players who demanded trades

Greenberg: Carlson-Alzner create solid shutdown pair

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

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Oleksy

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

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Katie Carrera · January 2

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