Open thread: Capitals at Canadiens

January 25

He’s back. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

MONTREAL — Alex Ovechkin returns to the Capitals’ lineup tonight after sitting out the past two games with a groin injury. It’s an addition that can’t come soon enough for Washington, seeing as the team has recorded only eight goals during it’s seven game losing streak.

While Ovechkin is back, Mikhail Grabovski is out after suffering a left leg injury in New Jersey Friday night. Given the uncertainty surrounding the status of both forwards earlier in the day, the Capitals recalled Casey Wellman from Hershey to add another center to the mix. Wellman will play his second game of the season with the Capitals, centering the fourth line between Eric Fehr and Joel Ward. In conjunction with that recall, Washington reassigned defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Bears.

Braden Holtby (13-12-2, 3.00 goals-against average, .911 save percentage) gets the start for the Capitals and he’ll be opposed by the Canadiens’ Carey Price (22-15-4, 2.44 goals-against average, .930 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., Bell Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Carrick

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Mikhail Grabovski (left leg) and Aaron Volpatti.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau).

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