Open thread: Capitals vs. Sharks

January 14

(Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Philipp Grubauer (6-2-4, 2.16 goals-against average, .934 save percentage) will make his 12th start in 17 games Tuesday night as he and the Capitals host the San Jose Sharks. He’ll be opposed by Antti Niemi (23-10-6, 2.39 goals-against average, .913 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., Verizon Center
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: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)

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