Open thread: Capitals vs. Senators


(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Alex Ovechkin will miss Tuesday’s game against the Senators with what the team will only describe as a lower body injury, marking the third game the star right wing has missed this season because of injury. Ovechkin, the league’s leading goal-scorer, has accounted for 26.1 percent of Washington’s goals this season. The Capitals are 13-8-2 without Ovechkin in the lineup since he entered the league.

Braden Holtby (13-11-2, 3.04 goals-against average, .911 save percentage) will make his first start since Jan. 4 and looks to begin rebuilding his confidence. His counterpart for Ottawa will be Craig Anderson (15-10-6, 3.19 goals-against average, .902 save percentage), who made 34 saves in a 3-1 win over the Capitals on Dec. 30.

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

Ovechkin misses practice with a lower-body injury

Holtby to start | Schmidt recalled

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Greenberg: Tinkering with lines won’t help Caps

Last time out: Caps falter against Rangers | Five Thoughts

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

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Schmidt-Carrick

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Alex Ovechkin (lower-body) and John Erskine.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau).

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