Open Thread: Capitals vs. Senators


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After clinching a playoff berth Tuesday, the Capitals look to stay on course with their system in the final two games of the regular season. That means showing the Ottawa Senators, a potential first-round playoff opponent, how Washington is truly capable of playing.

Michal Neuvirth (.905 save percentage, 2.81 goals-against average) will make his 13th start of the season as Coach Adam Oates gives the 25-year-old Czech some playing time while providing valuable rest for usual starter Braden Holtby.

Ottawa, which can clinch a playoff berth with a win of any kind against the Capitals, will start Craig Anderson. The Senators’ top netminder leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.71) and save percentage (.941) and Anderson is 2-0 with a .942 save percentage and 1.50 GAA against Washington this season.

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

Here’s what the Capitals’ lineup should look like:

Forwards
Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Erat-Ribeiro-Brouwer
Chimera-Perreault-Fehr
Volpatti-Hendricks-Beagle

Defense
Alzner-Green
Erskine-Carlson
Hillen-Oleksy

Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby.

Scratches: Brooks Laich (groin), Joel Ward (left knee contusion), Jeff Schultz and Wojtek Wolski.
IR: Tom Poti.

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