Open thread: Capitals. vs. Panthers


Steve Oleksy and the rest of the Capitals were left to stand up for goalie Braden Holtby after Flyers goalie Ray Emery went after him. Maybe tonight will be calmer. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

The Capitals return home after their most lopsided win of the season, a 7-0 thrashing at Philadelphia that featured an alarming fight between Flyers goaltender Ray Emery and Caps netminder Braden Holtby – who wanted no part of the fight.

Emery, according to espn.com, will not be suspended by the NHL. Holtby (5-5-0, .921 save percentage) was to be a game-time decision against the Panthers. Michal Neuvirth (1-2-0 .905 save percentage) took shots at this morning’s skate.

And the Caps will again play without Alex Ovechkin, still nursing a bad shoulder. The goal: Have him practice with the team Monday and play Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

Talk about the game here. The particulars are below.

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

Coach Adam Oates said there would be no changes to the lineup from last night. Therefore, here it is:

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Schmidt-Green
Urbom-Oleksy

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Alex Ovechkin (right shoulder), Dmitry Orlov and Jay Beagle.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau), John Erskine (upper body).

 

Barry Svrluga is the national baseball writer for The Washington Post.

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