Open thread: Capitals at Blue Jackets


(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Philipp Grubauer (6-2-5, 2.06 goals-against average, .936 save percentage) gets the start as the Capitals look to snap a three-game losing streak Friday night against the Blue Jackets, who want to climb closer to a playoff spot. Columbus will counter with Sergei Bobrovsky (13-11-2, 2.58 goals-against average, .915 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., Nationwide Arena
TV: CSN+ | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Carrick

Goal: Grubauer, Holtby.
Scratches: Michal Neuvirth, Aaron Volpatti and Steve Oleksy.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau).

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