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Detroit coach Mike Babcock will roll with his backup, Ty Conklin, in goal tonight after starter Jimmy Howard played last night in Columbus. Conklin has only made one start this year, but he was exceptional, making 29 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Avalanche two weekends ago. The Red Wings will be missing two defensemen for tonight's game, as Brendan Smith is suspended for a hit he laid in the preseason and Mike Commodore is dealing with a knee injury that his on injured reserve. Other than those injuries to their depth defensemen, the Wings have a clean bill of health across the board.
Tomas Vokoun will earn the nod in goal for the sixth consecutive contest tonight. Vokoun has been an absolute beast in the last four games following his less than stellar Capitals debut, but nevertheless is 5-0 with a 1.96 GAA, .939 save percentage, and one shutout this year. He made 40 saves in Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Flyers. On the injury front, the Caps are expected to be without Jay Beagle (concussion), Tom Poti (groin), and John Erskine (shoulder). Beagle has not practiced since his fight with Arron Asham last week and is therefore likely not going to return anytime soon. His continued absence means that Mathieu Perreault will continue to be the Caps' fourth line right winger and DJ King will be the healthy scratch.
Puck drops for this one 7:08-ish. Check back later.