|The Caps and Bolts get exchange pleasantries January 12th.|
There will be no surprises for the Lightning tonight. Guy Boucher will roll with Dwayne Roloson in nets for the home side; as Rollie has shut out the Capitals the last two times he has faced them. The 41 year-old netminder has been on an absolute tear since the Lightning acquired him on New Year's Day, and has been a major factor in their recent surge towards the top of the NHL.
For the Capitals, Semyon Varlamov will get the tap on the pads for tonight's contest after saving 36 of 38 against the Canadiens on Tuesday night. Varlamov has compiled a 1.74 GAA and a .946 save percentage in his last 10 games, however, he only has three wins over that span. Alexander Semin did not make the trip to Tampa Bay despite practicing all week and will not play in tonight's game. Matt Hendricks will take his spot on the second line with Marcus Johansson and Mike Knuble, while Broolks Laich will be bumped to the third unit with Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle. DJ King and Tyler Sloan will be healthy scratches for Bruce Boudreau's men this evening.
Buckle up, folks. This is going to be a good one. Puck drops 7:37-ish...check back later.