|John Carlson carries the puck against Florida in December.|
Florida coach Peter DeBoer is expected to start Scott Clemmensen in goal for his team after Tomas Vokoun gave up 4 goals in a loss to the Thrashers last night. Though he is the backup to Vokoun, Clemmensen is no slouch, with a solid 2.53 GAA and .917 Save% on the season. In his only other start against the Capitals this season, he stopped 24 of 27 shots in a 3-2 Capitals win.
The Capitals are expected to roll with Michal Neuvirth in nets for the fifth consecutive game. Neuvy is coming off of a 25-save performance on Thursday night, which saw him beat the Blues 3-2. In his only other game against the Panthers this season, he stopped 37 of 41 in an overtime loss in mid-January. Outside of the crease, no lineup changes are believed to be on the way from the team that beat St. Louis Thursday. That means that DJ King and Tyler Sloan will be healthy scratches for Bruce Boudreau, and Jay Beagle will remain on the sideline with an upper-body injury. Neither Eric Fehr nor Tom Poti are expected to make their returns from long-term injuries, either.
Puck drops for this one 5:08-ish. Check back later. And in other reading from 24/7 today, Evgeny Kuznetsov officially announces his plans for next season.