Open thread: Capitals at Islanders


(Elsa/Getty)

Just hours before faceoff Coach Adam Oates said he wants to see the Capitals get fired up to play in front of rookie netminder Philipp Grubauer, who will make his first career NHL start against the Islanders Saturday afternoon.

While Grubauer hasn’t spent much time with Washington this season, defenseman Karl Alzner said he’s confident in the 21-year-old’s ability to anchor the Capitals.

“He’s good out there on the ice. It amazes me, there’s times where I feel like there’s so much to shoot at but I can never get it because he’s so fast,” Alzner said. “It’s pretty amazing the way he makes some of the saves so I think it’s going to be good.”

Faceoff: 1 p.m. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum  | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7

Forwards
Hendricks-Ribeiro-Ovechkin
Fehr-Backstrom-Brouwer
Chimera-Beagle-Ward
Wolski-Perreault-Crabb

Defense
Alzner-Kundratek
Erskine-Carlson
Schultz-Oleksy

Goal: Grubauer, Holtby.

Scratches: Tom Poti, Michal Neuvirth (ill) and Aaron Volpatti.
IR: Mike Green (groin), Marcus Johansson (concussion), Jack Hillen and Brooks Laich (groin, non-roster).

sports

capitals-insider

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Next Story
Katie Carrera · March 9, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.