RALEIGH, N.C., — Tonight’s game will be the Washington Capitals’ first regular-season contest without postseason ramifications since a 2-0 home loss to Buffalo on April 7, 2007. It will be equally meaningless for the Carolina Hurricanes, who play their final home game of the year long since guaranteed of missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years. How competitive these two former Southeast Division rivals will be in their fifth and final meeting of the season is anyone’s guess at this point.
Braden Holtby will be in goal for the third-straight game for Washington. The Hurricanes will have Anton Khudobin (18-13-1, 2.14 GAA, .931 save percentage) between the pipes and forward Jiri Tlusty (14 goals, 12 assists) is expected to return to the Carolina lineup after missing the past four games with an upper body injury.
Faceoff: 7 p.m., PNC Arena
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM
Here is the Capitals’ lineup:
Goal: Holtby, Halak.
Scratches: Mike Green (upper-body), Patrick Wey and Jack Hillen (suspected concussions), John Erskine and Aaron Volpatti.
LTIR: Brooks Laich (groin).