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Carey Price, Montreal's workhorse, will start in goal fro Randy Cunneyworth. Price, who has blossomed into one of the league's best goaltenders despite being on a poor team, is 22-22-9 on the year with a 2.39 GAA, .916 save percentage, and four shutouts. He has only faced the Caps once this year, allowing three goals on 16 shots in a loss in mid January. Outside the crease, the Habs have been decimated by injuries this year. They are currently missing star defenseman Andrei Markov (knee surgery complications), captain Brian Gionta (torn pectoral), forwards Mathieu Darche and Travis Moen (upper body), and center Petteri Nokelainen (shoulder). Other than that, thought, they're totally healthy.
Michal Neuvirth seems the likely choice to start in goal for Dale Hunter following his solid performance in relief of Tomas Vokoun on Wednesday evening. The sophomore Czech goalie is 6-9-3 on the year with a 3.01 GAA, .897 save percentage, and two shutouts; he shut out the Canadiens the other time he faced them this year. On the injury front, the Caps are without Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed almost seven weeks now with a concussion and is on IR. Captain Alex Ovechkin, who has skated for a total of 23 minutes in the last two days, is questionable for the contest. Keith Aucoin will play if Ovechkin cannot go. John Erskine and Roman Hamrlik will probably be the healthy scratches on the back end, particularly now that Hamrlik and Dale Hunter are sparring in the media.
Puck drops 7:08-ish.