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(Rob Carr/Getty) Michal Neuvirth makes his second consecutive start tonight.

The Capitals return to Coach Adam Oates’s former stomping grounds still in search of their first win of the season and with significant lineup changes.

Alex Ovechkin, back at his usual left wing, will skate with hard-working grinders Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb. Eric Fehr will make his season debut as fourth-line left wing while Mathieu Perreault will be a healthy scratch.

Oates shuffled the makeup of the other three forward lines as well so be sure to check out the full list below.

On the blueline, Roman Hamrlik and Tom Poti will sit out while Jeff Schultz and John Erskine will be in the mix. It will mark the second appearance of the season for Schultz, who played 9:15 in the season opener, and the season debut for Erskine.

Oates opted to go with Michal Neuvirth in net for a second consecutive day because he thought the 23-year-old Czech deserved better than the fate he got last night against Montreal.

“He played really well last night and I felt bad for him that we let it get away,” Oates said. “He really gave us a chance in the first 30 minutes and he looked very sharp so he gets it tonight.”

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

Based on warmup here’s what the lineup should look like:










Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby.

Scratches: Tom Poti, Roman Hamrlik and Mathieu Perreault.



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Katie Carrera · January 25, 2013

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