|Jay Beagle scores a goal on Carey Price in December 2010.|
Carey Price will get the call in goal for Randy Cunneyworth after yielding the Canadiens' last game to Peter Budaj. Price, who has emerged as one of the League's top goaltenders over the last 18 months, is 15-16-8 on the year with 2.44 GAA, .913 save percentage, and two shutouts, and will surely present a tough task for the Capitals' offense. Outside of the goal crease, Montreal will be missing two of their best skaters. Captain Brian Gionta is out after biceps surgery last week, forward Ryan White has a sports hernia, and defenseman Andrei Markov is out following ACL surgery last year and complications this season that have kept him from lacing up for a single game on this campaign. Forward Travis Moen (leg) is questionable.
Michal Neuvirth seems likely to get the call in goal from Dale Hunter in order to give Tomas Vokoun a respite after starting ten consecutive games, including last night against New York. Neuvirth, who has not started a game since giving up three goals on six shots in Buffalo on Demember 26th, is 5-7-2 on the year with 3.23 GAA, .886 save percentage, and one shutout. On the injury front, both Mike Green (sports hernia surgery) and center Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) are out and will not play for the Caps this evening. John Erskine will play over Tomas Kundratek to give Washington a more physical player to help deal with Rene Bourque, who elbowed Backstrom in the head on January 3rd. Mathieu Perreault will also suit up for the first time in over a week, taking Jay Beagle's place. Jeff Schultz will remain on the bench.
Puck drops 7:40-ish from La Belle Province.