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Isles interim coach Jack Capuano is expected to start Al Montoya in nets for his team. Montoya, who has been ridiculed by pundits and fans for his poor play since being drafted sixth overall by the Rangers in 2004, has been a revelation for the Islanders, who are on their (a moment while I calculate...) fifth starting goaltender this season. Montoya has posted three wins, including a shutout, a 1.89 GAA, and .935 Save% in four starts and five appearances since being traded to New York from Phoenix earlier this month. He's about as big a wild card as the Caps have faced this season.
Semyon Varlamov will have a chance to right the Capitals' ship as he will make his first appearance of the season against the Islanders this evening following Michal Neuvirth allowing six goals last night. This will be Varly's first game since last Sunday in Buffalo, where he was excellent in making 28 saves for a 2-1 Capitals win. Outside of the crease, the Capitals will be without defenseman Mike Green, who has remained in Washington to rest following his departure from Friday night's game after five minutes. Green, who had just come back from a concussion, is "day-to-day" for now. That means that the always exciting (in a bad way) Tyler Sloan will be re-inserted to the lineup for Bruce Boudreau's men. No other lineup changes are expected for Washington this evening.
Puck drops for this very big game 7:08-ish. Check back after the game for either gushing optimism or raging pessimism.