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Open thread: Capitals at Sharks

(Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

SAN JOSE — The Capitals close out their three-game California road trip against the Sharks and look to keep creeping up the standings. Braden Holtby (19-14-3, 2.98 goals-against average, .911 save percentage) will make an unexpected start in San Jose as Jaroslav Halak is sidelined by a lower-body injury. Antti Niemi (35-14-6, 2.34 goals-against average, .914 save percentage) gets the nod for the Sharks.

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

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Caps seeking first win in San Jose since 1993

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Halak adds calm presence

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Faceoff: 10:30 p.m. (EDT), SAP Center
TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.



Goal:  Halak, Holtby.  Holtby, Halak.
Scratches: Brooks Laich (groin), John Erskine and Connor Carrick
LTIR: Aaron Volpatti (left shoulder) and Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle).

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