|The Caps will lean heavily on Sasha tonight.|
Tim Thomas, who skipped Monday's celebratory visit to the White House because he opposes President Obama's politics, has been benched and Tuukka Rask will play. Rask, who made 30 saves on 33 shots in his last start against the Rangers, is 11-4-2 on the year with a 1.69 GAA, .943 save percentage, and three shutouts. Outside the crease, Boston will be without Marc Savard, who has missed almost two years now with a concussion, as well as Nathan Horton, who has a "mild" concussion himself. Defenseman Andrew Ference will miss tonight's game as well, as he will serve the second game of a three game ban for boarding New York's Ryan McDonagh on Saturday.
Tomas Vokoun wills start for Dale Hunter after Michal Neuvirth lost in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Vokoun is 19-12 on the year with a 2.55 GAA, .917 save percentage, and two shutouts, and was excellent in his last start in Carolina despite a 3-0 loss last Friday. On the injury front, both Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (sports hernia surgery) are out. Captain Alex Ovechkin will start his three game suspension which was handed down to him late Monday for a hit during Sunday's loss to the Penguins and will not play. After Tomas Kundratek was sent down to Hershey on Monday, look for John Erskine to remain in the lineup over Jeff Schultz (though this still makes no sense).
Puck drops 7:09-ish.