|Two critical points await Alex Semin and the Caps tonight.|
Evgeni Nabokov will start for coach Jack Capuano after he yielded yesterday afternoon's start to Kevin Poulin. Nabokov, who had started every game for the Islanders for three weeks prior to his respite yesterday, is 7-11 on the year with a 2.64 GAA, .909 save percentage, and no shutouts; he has nonetheless dominated the Capitals in his career to the tune of a 2.18 GAA and .929 save percentage. New York also has two minor injuries: center Marty Reasoner (hand) and defenseman Mike Mottau (concussion) are out and will not play.
Tomas Vokoun will get the call in goal from Dale Hunter for the tenth consecutive game; he made 43 saves in a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes on Sunday, his last start. On the year, the veteran Czech goaltender is 19-10-0 with a 2.52 GAA, .918 save percentage, and two shutouts. On the injury front, both Mike Green (abdominal surgery) and Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) are on injured reserve and will not play. Neither has even skated in over ten days. Hunter also seems likely to keep his lineup together following three consecutive wins, which means that Tomas Kundratek will stay in over Jeff Schultz and John Erskine and Cody Eakin will stay in over Mathieu Perreault.
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