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Open thread: Capitals at Panthers

Faceoff: 5 p.m., BankAtlantic Center; TV: CSN, NHLN; Radio: 1500 AM

Update 4:49 p.m.

Michal Neuvirth makes his sixth consecutive start for the Capitals this evening against the Panthers. In his pre-game comments to the media, Coach Bruce Boudreau said it’s Neuvirth’s time to prove he can carry a heavy workload for Washington.

“It’s a reflection that two points are two points no matter where you get them,” Boudreau said. “We understand Braden [Holtby] hasn’t played in a couple weeks even though he’s fully healthy. We want to see if Michal can do the job as a No. 1 back to back to back. We’ll see how it goes.”

Jeff Schultz did not take part in warm-ups and is a healthy scratch, according to a team spokesman. When discussing his line combinations this afternoon, Boudreau said that he believes Eric Fehr, who will miss his 21st game since dislocating his shoulder on Jan. 14, is close to returning.

“There’s a hunger,” Boudreau said of the lines. “They all want to stay in the lineup. We’ve got Eric Fehr ready to come back, who’s a pretty good hockey player for our team. He’s dying to get in so if there’s a bump in the road he’ll be in....I think he’d be ready to play if we needed him to.”

On to what the line combinations should look like against the Panthers:

Forwards

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble

Laich-Arnott-Semin

Chimera-Johansson-Semin

Hendricks-Gordon-Bradley

Defense

Alzner-Carlson

Hannan-Wideman

Erskine-Sloan

Goal

Neuvirth

Holtby

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