Open thread: Capitals at Red Wings

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 24:  Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals tries to keep the puck from Stephen Gionta #11 of the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on January 24, 2014  in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Mike Green will miss Friday’s game. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

DETROIT — The Capitals and Red Wings kick off a home-and-home Friday night with the encore performance to follow Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center. Mike Green will sit out Friday’s tilt after suffering a possible concussion when he was smashed into the boards by Columbus forward Boone Jenner.

Michal Neuvirth (10-3-5, 2.79 goals-against average, .915 save percentage) gets the nod in Detroit and will be opposed by Jimmy Howard (9-12-8, 2.64 goals-against average, .916 save percentage).

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

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., Joe Louis Arena
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Strachan
Erskine-Carrick

Goal:  Neuvirth, Holtby.
Scratches: Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle), Mike Green (possible concussion) and Aaron Volpatti.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau).

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