|The Sharks' last visit to DC ended in a lopsided Capitals win.|
San Jose coach Todd McLellan will roll with Finnish goaltender Antti Niemi in nets for his squad this evening, coming off of his 2-0 shutout of the Bruins on Saturday at TD Garden. After winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks last year, Niemi had a rough start to the season and at one point lost his job to Antero Niittymaki. But over the last month, he has really turned up his play and will be a tough task for the Capitals' attack.
Michal Neuvirth will start for the Capitals in goal this evening following his 22-save shutout of the Penguins on Sunday. In his only other career start against the Sharks in his career, he gave up 5 goals at HP Pavilion last season in a Capitals' loss. Outside of the crease, Alexander Semin will finally make his return to game action for the Caps tonight following a one month absence due to a hip injury. He is expected to skate on the second line with Mathieu Perreault and Mike Knuble. Mike Green will not play, however, after taking a puck to the head Sunday. Green took the morning skate today, and said he felt good, but is not at 100% so the Caps will not risk him. He is, however, expected to play against the Kings on Saturday. Tom Poti took the full morning skate, but will not play, which means that Tyler Sloan will see his first ice since mid December tonight as Green is unable to go. Finally, Jay Beagle has been sent back down to AHL Hershey to clear room for Semin. Beagle has played very well since his call up, and he and Andre Gordon will be the first to get a call if the Caps suffer a forward injury. DJ King will be the lone healthy scratch this evening.
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