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Evgeni Nabokov is almost certain to earn the call in goal from Jack Capuano despite allowing four goals in a loss his last time out. Nabokov, in his first full season on the Island, is having a stellar year with a 15-15-0 record, 2.32 GAA, .922 save percentage, and two shutouts. What's more, he has a GAA of 1.99 in his career against Washington and made 17 stops in that shutout win over them in mid-January. Outside the crease, New York only has one minor injury, as defenseman Steve Staios is questionable with a lower-body ailment.
Dale Hunter seems likely to turn to Michal Neuvirth in goal following his two excellent games over the weekend, in which he only allowed three goals in two wins. On the year, Neuvirth is 8-9-3 with a 2.87 GAA, .903 save percentage, and two shutouts; he has not faced the Isles this year but has played extremely well against them in his career. On the injury front, the Capitals will be without star center Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed almost two months now with a concussion and is on IR. Keith Aucoin will remain in the lineup over Mike Knuble, while Roman Hamrlik and John Erskine will probably remain healthy scratches in back.
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