Open thread: Capitals at Penguins

March 11

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

PITTSBURGH — The Capitals look for their first win against the Penguins in Coach Adam Oates’s tenure and attempt to rebound from a 3-2 loss to them on Monday night at Verizon Center. Jaroslav Halak (25-10-4, 2.24 goals-against average, .917 save percentage) makes his third consecutive start and second in as many nights but will face a different foe in the opposite net as Pittsburgh will start Marc-Andre Fleury  (33-14-3, 2.31 goals-against average, .916 save percentage).

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

Last time out: Caps unable to solve Pens | Five Thoughts

Wise: Caps aren’t contenders as currently constructed

Kuznetsov’s debut

Laich visits groin specialist 

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., Consol Energy Center
TV: NBC Sports Network | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Hillen-Carrick

Goal:  Halak, Holtby.
Scratches: Brooks Laich (groin), John Erskine and Patrick Wey.
LTIR: Aaron Volpatti (left shoulder) and Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle).

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