Open thread: Capitals at Panthers

February 27

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

SUNRISE, Fla. — An update after warmups as Marcus Johansson, who only rejoined the team in North America late Wednesday night after arriving from Sweden, is a late scratch for the Capitals. That means that Nicolas Deschamps, 24, will make his NHL debut tonight against the Panthers.

Braden Holtby (17-13-2, 2.88 goals-against average, .912 save percentage) gets the nod as the Capitals restart their season with a matchup against the Panthers. Tim Thomas (15-18-3, 2.80 goals-against average, .910 save percentage) will start for Florida.

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

Oates staying the course amid Caps’ struggles

Johansson rejoins the team, with silver medal

Erskine wants to earn spot backCaps eager to start stretch run

Erat still wants to be traded

Ovechkin, Backstrom try to move on from Sochi

Video: The Post Sports Live crew discusses the possibility of an Olympic hangover for Caps

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., BB&T Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Carrick

Goal:  Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Nicolas Deschamps Marcus Johansson and Julien Brouillette.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) and Aaron Volpatti (left shoulder).

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