|Marcus as the best center dressed by a mile? Uh oh.|
The Capitals are likely to face Scott Clemmensen in goal for the second consecutive matchup, as regular starter Jose Theodore is out with a knee injury. Clemmensen is 8-5-3 on the year with a 2.73 GAA, .912 save percentage, and one shutout. Outside the crease, the Panthers will be missing several players. Scottie Upshall (hernia), Marco Sturm (knee surgery), Ed Jovanovski (hand), and Dmitry Kulikov (knee) will all be sidelines for this evening's game. Maybe the Capitals can take advantage of it.
Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for Dale Hunter following a solid performance against the Bruins Sunday, even though he allowed three goals. Vokoun is 21-13-1 on the year with a 2.54 GAA, .917 save percentage, and three shutouts. He has only faced his former team once, however, because Dale Hunter has for some reason seen fit to give Michal Neuvirth the reins the last two times these teams have met despite the fact that Vokoun shut the Cats out the first time he played them. On the injury front, Mike Green (sports hernia surgery) and Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) are on IR and will not play. Forward Brooks Laich, despite being on crutches on Sunday, will play, by some miracle. Jay Beagle and John Erskine will remain in the press box.
Puck drops 7:09-ish.