|Must. Win. Game.|
Because of an injury to regular starter and workhorse Cam Ward, Muller will be forced to turn to Justin Peters in goal for the Hurricanes today. Peters has only played in four games this year, but made 35 saves in a win during his most recent start and has a 3.65 GAA and .911 save percentage on the year. Outside the crease, Carolina will be missing defenseman Joni Pitkanen (concussion/knee surgery) and forward Tuomo Ruutu (upper body), while winger Chad LaRose is questionable, also with an upper-body ailment.
Tomas Vokoun should start in goal for the Capitals this evening after a solid performance against the Lightning on Saturday. Vokoun is is 23-14-2 on the year with a 2.41 GAA, .921 save percentage, and four shutouts, and has been carrying the team of late. Hopefully he can have a big game to help the Caps win a must-win contest. On the injury front, the Capitals will be without star center Nicklas Backstrom, who has a concussion. With the return of a healthy Mike Green, it remains to be seen who will sit if Hunter decides to return to six defensemen. It is likely that Jeff Schultz will head to the press box and Jay Beagle would play in that case, but if the coach sticks with seven defensemen, look for Beagle to sit again.
That's all for now. Puck drops 7:37-ish.