Open thread: Capitals vs. Bruins

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The Capitals face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins for the first time in the 2011-12 season Tuesday in a game that marks the first time Washington will be without Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green in the lineup since the three players’ NHL careers began.

Ovechkin, who will not attend the NHL All Star game, is serving the first game of his three-game suspension for his charge against Pittsburgh’s Zbynek Michalek on Sunday, while Backstrom is out indefinitely with a concussion and Green is recovering from sports hernia surgery.

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Faceoff: 7 p.m., Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 1500 AM

Based on warmup here is what the lineup should look like against the Bruins:

Forwards
Johansson-Perreault-Semin
Hendricks-Laich-Brouwer
Chimera-Halpern-Knuble
Beagle-Eakin-Ward

Defense
Alzner-Wideman
Hamrlik-Carlson
Erskine-Orlov

Goal
Vokoun
Neuvirth

Scratches: Alex Ovechkin (suspended) and Jeff Schultz.

Injured reserve: Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (sports hernia) on LTI.


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