|Nick Backstrom won the Isles' last visit to DC - with his foot.|
Islanders interim coach Jack Capuano is expected to roll with goaltender Al Montoya for the fifth consecutive game tonight. Montoya, who has played very well for the Islanders, made 19 stops on 22 shots in his last outing against the Capitals, and really only had a chance on one goal that he allowed. He has compiled a 2.07 GAA, a .926 Save%, and one shutout since being traded to the Islanders midway through last month, and certainly has the potential to frustrate the Capitals.
Michal Neuvirth is expected to get the tap on the pads from head coach Bruce Boudreau for tonight's contest, his fourth consecutive start in the Washington blue paint. After his horrid outing Friday night against the Rangers, Neuvy was forced back into action Saturday after Semyon Varlamov was injured, as was very good over the course of that 3-2 victory over the Isles, making 29 saves. Outside of the crease, all three of the Capitals' new shiny new acquisitions: Marco Sturm, Dennis Wideman, and Jason Arnott, are expected to make their debuts in red tonight. That means that Tyler Sloan will be a scratch of the back end, but it remains to be seen who will sit in order to make room for Arnott (Sturm's place is cleared by the Caps trading Dave Steckel).
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