Open thread: Capitals at Blues


(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

ST. LOUIS — Jaroslav Halak isn’t “100 percent comfortable” facing his former team so the Capitals will start Braden Holtby (21-15-3, 2.99 goals-against average, .911 save percentage) against the Blues. It will mark Holtby’s first set of consecutive starts since March 5-6 and it couldn’t come at a more important time for Washington. The Capitals could be mathematically eliminated from the playoff equation Tuesday night if they suffer a regulation loss to the Blues, Columbus earns a win of any kind over Phoenix and Detroit obtains at least a point against Buffalo.

Discuss the game right here.

Faceoff: 8 p.m. (EST), Scottrade Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup:

Forwards
Grabovski-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Johansson-Kuznetsov-Brouwer
Chimera-Fehr-Ward
Penner-Beagle-Wilson

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Strachan
Brouillette-Carrick

Goal:  Holtby, Halak.
Scratches: Mike Green (upper-body), Patrick Wey and Jack Hillen (suspected concussions), John Erskine and Aaron Volpatti.
LTIR: Brooks Laich (groin).

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Katie Carrera · April 8, 2014