After clinching a playoff berth Tuesday, the Capitals look to stay on course with their system in the final two games of the regular season. That means showing the Ottawa Senators, a potential first-round playoff opponent, how Washington is truly capable of playing.
Michal Neuvirth (.905 save percentage, 2.81 goals-against average) will make his 13th start of the season as Coach Adam Oates gives the 25-year-old Czech some playing time while providing valuable rest for usual starter Braden Holtby.
Ottawa, which can clinch a playoff berth with a win of any kind against the Capitals, will start Craig Anderson. The Senators’ top netminder leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.71) and save percentage (.941) and Anderson is 2-0 with a .942 save percentage and 1.50 GAA against Washington this season.
Faceoff: 7 p.m. Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7
Here’s what the Capitals’ lineup should look like:
Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby.
Scratches: Brooks Laich (groin), Joel Ward (left knee contusion), Jeff Schultz and Wojtek Wolski.
IR: Tom Poti.