Open thread: Capitals at Lightning

January 9

Mikhail Grabovski and Karl Alzner work to regain possession of the puck from Tampa Bay Lightning winger Teddy Purcell back when the two teams met on Dec. 10 at Verizon Center.  (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

TAMPA — After four days off the Capitals are back in action against the Lightning and they’ll go right back to rookie netminder Philipp Grubauer (5-2-3, 2.20 goals-against average, .932 save percentage), who will be making his 10th start in 14 games. Tampa, with usual starter Ben Bishop sidelined by a sprained right wrist, turns to Anders Lindback (4-8-1, 3.11 goals-against average, .882 save percentage).

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

January a critical stretch for Caps 

Morning skate notes from Tampa

Balancing act in goal grows tiresome | Kolzig on Holtby, Neuvirth

Wilson churns away on fourth line | Caps prepare for speedy Lightning

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Carrick

Goal: Grubauer, Holtby.
Scratches: Martin Erat, Michal Neuvirth and Steve Oleksy.
LTIR: Michael Latta (lower body) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)

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Katie Carrera · January 9

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