Open thread: Capitals vs. Penguins


Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby turn up ice back in the teams’ last meeting on Jan. 15 at Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Jaroslav Halak (25-9-4, 2.22 goals-against average, .918 save percentage) gets a second consecutive start as the Capitals host the Penguins in the first of this home-and-home, back-to-back set between the two teams. Pittsburgh will go with backup Jeff Zatkoff (9-3-1, 2.75 goals-against average, .910 save percentage).

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

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

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Hillen-Carrick

Goal:  Halak, Holtby.
Scratches: John Erskine and Ryan Stoa.
LTIR: Aaron Volpatti (left shoulder) and Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle)

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Katie Carrera · March 10, 2014