Open thread: Capitals at Ducks

March 18, 2014

Alex Ovechkin skates with the puck in front of Ducks center Saku Koivu at Verizon Center when the two teams met on Dec. 23. Anaheim won that game 3-2. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jaroslav Halak (27-11-4, 2.25 goals-against average, .918 save percentage) makes his sixth consecutive start for the Capitals as they kick off their daunting California road trip and look to extend their winning streak to three games. Jonas Hiller (27-10-6, 2.38 goals-against average, .914 save percentage) gets the nod for the Ducks.

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

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Carrick out, Wey in vs. Ducks

Beagle wants to run with opportunity playing with Ovechkin

Oates finds line shuffling inspiration in Sharks

Laich out four to six weeks after surgery

Caps face challenging road trip

Faceoff: 10 p.m. (EDT), Honda Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Hillen-Green
Orlov-Wey

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

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Katie Carrera · March 18, 2014

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