Open thread: Capitals vs. Stars

April 1

(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Jaroslav Halak (28-11-7, 2.26 goals-against average, .919 save percentage) makes his 10th start as a Capital as Washington aims to snap its three-game losing streak. Kari Lehtonen (29-18-10, 2.47 goals-against average, .917 save percentage) gets the nod for the Stars.

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

Here is the Capitals’ lineup:

Forwards
Grabovski-Beagle-Ovechkin
Johansson-Backstrom-Brouwer
Chimera-Fehr-Ward
Kuznetsov-Brown-Wilson

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Brouillette

Goal:  Halak, Holtby.
Scratches: Patrick Wey (head), Dustin Penner (ill), Jack Hillen (upper-body) and Connor Carrick.
LTIR: Brooks Laich (groin) and Aaron Volpatti (left shoulder).

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Katie Carrera · April 1

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