Open thread: Capitals at Rangers


Philipp Grubauer fends off a shot from Rangers forward Dominic Moore on Dec. 27. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NEW YORK — Philipp Grubauer (6-3-5, 2.22 goals-against average, .931 save percentage) gets the nod once again as the Capitals look to snap out of this downward spiral. The Rangers, winners in eight of their last 11, will go with long-time Capitals antagonist Henrik Lundqvist (16-17-3, 2.58 goals-against average, .914 save percentage). Lundqvist has been superb lately, going 4-1-1 in his last six starts and stopping 193 of the 203 shots he’s faced in that span for a .951 save percentage.

Discuss the game right here and pass the time before puck drop with these reads.

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden
TV: NBC SportsNetwork | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

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

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Carrick

Goal: Grubauer, Holtby.
Scratches: Michal Neuvirth, Aaron Volpatti and Steve Oleksy.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau).

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