Open thread: Capitals at Blackhawks


Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith carries out the Stanley Cup during a banner raising ceremony before tonight’s game between the Washington Capitals and the Blackhawks. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Hockey is back. The Capitals kick off the 2013-14 NHL season Tuesday night at United Center in Chicago where the defending Stanley Cup Champions will celebrate their victory one more time before puck drop.

The banner raising ceremony in Chicago is expected to delay the start to approximately 8:25 p.m. (EDT). But there’s plenty of pregame reading to help you pass the time.

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Faceoff: 8:25 p.m. (EDT) United Center | TV: NBCSN | Radio: 106.7 FM and 1500 AM

Here’s the Capitals lineup.

Forwards
Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Laich-Grabovski-Brouwer
Chimera-Fehr-Ward
Erat-Latta-Wilson

Defense
Alzner-Green
Erskine-Carlson
Hillen-Carrick

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Jay Beagle, Aaron Volpatti and Steve Oleksy.

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Katie Carrera · October 1, 2013