Michal Neuvirth (2-2-1, 2.79 goals-against average .913 save percentage) gets the nod Friday night and looks to extend his history of success against the Canadiens. In eight appearances against Montreal, Neuvirth is 5-2-0 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. Montreal will go with back-up netminder Peter Budaj (3-1-0, 1.48 goals-against average, .945 save percentage) who is 0-2-1 all time against the Capitals.
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Faceoff: 7 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: CSN| Radio: 106.7 FM
Here is the Capitals’ lineup.
Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby.
Scratches: Steve Oleksy, Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle.
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau), John Erskine (upper body).