|Matt Bradley drives to the net in Ottawa last month. (AP)|
Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay will roll with Ondrej Pavelec in goal tonight, the Czech's eleventh straight start in nets. Pavelec has fallen off a bit in the last three weeks after his ridiculous December, but he is still an excellent goalie and always seems to bring his best to the table against the Capitals. The Capitals did manage to catch a break yesterday, however, when it was announced that Thrashers star defenseman Tobias Enstrom will miss 2-4 weeks with a broken finger. Enstrom is the quarterback on the Atlanta power play, besides one of their best defensemen, and his absence will hurt his team.
For the Capitals, Semyon Varlamov is set to return to the ice as he will get the start in goal after a three game absence. Matt Bradley is also expected to play after a month long absence, which means DJ King will join Brian Fahey as a healthy scratch this evening. Brads' return should be huge for the Capitals, as he is a leader both on and off the ice and one of their best defensive forwards. Alexander Semin did not make the trip like some thought he might, and will not play tonight. He is still expected to be ready after the All-Star break.
That's all for now. Puck drops 7:07-ish.