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.
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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., BB&T Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM
Here is the Capitals’ lineup.
Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Nicolas Deschamps Marcus Johansson and Julien Brouillette.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) and Aaron Volpatti (left shoulder).