Open thread: Capitals at Penguins

January 15

Troy Brouwer and Sidney Crosby face off back in the teams’ first meeting of the season on Nov. 20. Pittsburgh won 4-0.(Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

PITTSBURGH — Coach Adam Oates said the decision to go with Michal Neuvirth (3-3-1, 2.72 goals-against average, .916 save percentage) Wednesday night against the Penguins was based predominantly on the netminder’s strong 32-save performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs last week and not his previous record against this particular opponent.

When it comes to determining a starting goaltender both against the Penguins and moving forward, Oates said that he’s continuing to rely on instincts.

“I don’t have a plan,” Oates said. “The plan is right now Grubi’s had good starts so he’s got to be involved in the picture. He’s earned it. he’s a part of it….Right now on a day-to-day basis, it’s kind of a feel, who looks good. I want to get everybody involved if possible we need wins. Could any of them play? Yes.”

Neuvirth will be opposed by Marc-Andre Fleury (26-10-1, 2.24 goals-against average, .918 save percentage), who will be looking to help the Penguins set a new franchise record for consecutive home wins (13) with a victory over Washington.

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

Neuvirth to start | Ovechkin will be on “Today Show”

Last time out: Caps fall to Sharks in shootout | Five Thoughts

Faceoff: 8 p.m., Consol Energy Center
TV: NBC SportsNetwork | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Carrick

Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby.
Scratches: Martin Erat, Philipp Grubauer and Steve Oleksy.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau).

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Katie Carrera · January 15

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