Open thread: Capitals vs. Devils

February 8

Martin Erat, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson are four of the five Caps who will head to Sochi Sunday to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Capitals host New Jersey Saturday night in their final game before the NHL goes on a two-week break for the Olympics and look to go out on a positive note. Braden Holtby (16-13-2, 2.97 goals-against average, .910 save percentage) gets the start and will face the Devils’ Cory Schneider (11-10-9, 1.88 goals-against average, .925 save percentage).

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

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Faceoff: 8 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Carrick
Brouillette-Wey

Goal:  Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle), Mike Green (concussion) and John Erskine.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) and Aaron Volpatti (undisclosed upper-body).

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Katie Carrera · February 8

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