Open thread: Capitals vs. Coyotes


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Jaroslav Halak (24-9-4, 2.23 goals-against average, .917 save percentage) makes his Capitals debut and tries to help his new team end a three-game losing streak. Phoenix, which hasn’t won on the road since Jan. 24 at Edmonton, will start Mike Smith (22-18-10, 2.71 goals-against average, .914 save percentage).

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Faceoff: 7 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Based on warmups here’s the Capitals’ lineup:

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Hillen-Carrick

Goal:  Halak, Holtby.
Scratches: Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) John Erskine, Casey Wellman and Chris Brown.
LTIR: Aaron Volpatti (left shoulder).

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Katie Carrera · March 8, 2014