Open thread: Devils at Capitals


No home crowd for Alex Ovechkin’s 400th goal, which came into this empty net Friday night. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Verizon Center crowd won’t get to see Alex Ovechkin’s 400th goal. That came into an empty net to clinch Friday night’s 4-2 victory at Carolina.

We don’t yet know, either, whether Marcus Johansson will play tonight. His lower-body injury makes him a game-time decision.

With an optional skate this morning, we can’t be sure of the lines until pregame warmups. You’ll have them when we see them. Start the conversation now, and enjoy the game.

UPDATE: It will be Braden Holtby in net tonight against veteran Martin Brodeur. And it appears, at least from warmups, like Johansson will play and be back on the first line. The lineup, for now:

Forwards:

Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin

Fehr-Grabovski-Brouwer

Chimera-Erat-Ward

Volpatti-Beagle-Wilson

Defense:

Alzner-Carlson

Orlov-Green

Erskine-Oleksy

Holtby (13-10-1, 2.91 GAA, .917 save percentage)

Scratches: Neuvirth (so Grubauer backing up), Urbom, Wellman

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

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