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Cam Ward will get the nets from Kirk Muller this evening, his seventh consecutive start in the Hurricanes' goal. The always-busy goaltender, who has started 41 games this year, tops in the league, is 16-17-7 so far with a 3.01 GAA, .905 save percentage, and one shutout. Outside the crease, though the Canes recently got Jeff Skinner back, they are still without three regulars: forward Chad LaRose (upper body), defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (upper body), and defenseman Joni Pitkanen (knee).
Tomas Vokoun will make his return to the Capitals' net after sitting the second half of a back to back in Montreal. Vokoun, who had started ten in a row before that respite, is 19-11-0 on the year with a 2.53 GAA, .917 save percentage, and two shutouts. On the injury front, Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (sports hernia surgery) are out and will not play. After John Erskine played against Montreal and did absolutely nothing except take a terrible penalty that straddled his teammates with six minutes of penalty kill time, Tomas Kundratek will play over Erskine on defense. Mathieu Perreault will remain in the lineup over Jay Beagle following his goal against the Habs.
Puck drops 7:08-ish.