Open thread: Capitals at Bruins

March 6

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BOSTON — After two consecutive losses against the Flyers, the Capitals are looking to get back on a winning track. They’ll be without a couple veterans, Brooks Laich and John Erskine, as they take on the Bruins for the second time in six days.

Braden Holtby (19-13-3, 3.01 goals against average, .909 save percentage) gets the nod after being pulled in Philadelphia Wednesday night when he allowed four goals on the first 18 shots. Tuukka Rask (26-14-4, 2.18 goals-against average, .927 save percentage) is in net for Boston.

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

Halak joins the Caps, but Holtby starts

Svrluga: Halak addition doesn’t address need for defensemen

Laich, Erskine injured

Penner hoping for a smooth transition 

Last time out: Caps’ defensive problems surface in 6-4 loss to Flyers | Five Thoughts

Faceoff: 7 p.m., TD Garden
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here’s the Capitals’ lineup

Forwards
Chimera-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Penner-Johansson-Brouwer
Brown-Fehr-Ward
Stoa-Beagle-Wilson

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Hillen-Green
Schilling-Carrick

Goal:  Holtby, Halak.
Scratches: Brooks Laich (groin), John Erskine (undisclosed upper-body), Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) and Dmitry Orlov (suspended).
LTIR: Aaron Volpatti (left shoulder).

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Katie Carrera · March 6

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