|The Caps won 5-0 the last time these two teams met.|
Veteran Nikolai Khabibulin is likely to get the tap on the pads from coach Tom Renney, as he has played well so far this year following a disastrous 2010-11 campaign. The Bulin wall has started five games this year and is 3-0-2 with a ridiculous 0.97 GAA and .963 save percentage to go along with one shutout; he made 35 saves in Edmonton's 3-2 win over Vancouver on Tuesday. Ryan Whitney (knee), Ales Hemsky (shoulder) and Darcy Hordichuk (knee) are all out for the Oil long term and will not play. Up front, Edmonton boasts one of the best young lines in hockey, as Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have between them over half of the total points accumulated on the Oilers' roster. Gee, I wonder who that third line will play against...
Bruce Boudreau will go with Tomas Vokoun in nets, the goaltender's seventh consecutive start in the Washington blue paint. Last week's NHL Third Star of the Week is 6-0 on the year with a 1.80 GAA, .944 save percentage, and one shutout; he made 32 saves in his last game, Saturday's 7-1 win over the Red Wings. On the injury front, Jay Beagle and John Erskine are both still out with upper body and shoulder injuries, respectively, and did not make the trip. Mike Green is questionable at best with a twisted right ankle that he suffered Saturday night; Sean Collins will take his spot in the lineup if he is unable to go. DJ King will once more be the healthy scratch.
Puck drops for this one 9:38-ish inside Rexall Place. Check back later.