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Open thread: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs


Mikhail Grabovski faces his former team the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.  (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Michal Neuvirth (2-3-1, 2.83 goals-against average, .912 save percentage) will make his first start since Nov. 22 as Washington looks to build on its momentum from a win in Tampa Thursday night. He’ll face the reeling Maple Leafs, who will go with Jonathan Bernier (13-13-4, 2.58 goals-against average and .926).

Discuss the game right here and pass the time before puck drop with these reads.

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Grubauer’s split save against Tampa Bay

Faceoff: 7 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: CSN+ | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

Forwards
Laich-Backstrom-Brouwer
Fehr-Grabovski-Ovechkin
Chimera-Johansson-Ward
Volpatti-Beagle-Wilson

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Orlov-Green
Erskine-Carrick

Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby.
Scratches: Martin Erat, Philipp Grubauer and Steve Oleksy.
LTIR: Michael Latta (lower body) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)

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