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Evgeni Nabokov seems likely to get the call in goal from Jack Capuano despite allowing four goals on 36 shots in an overtime loss on Sunday. Nabokov is 16-17-2 on the year with a 2.53 GAA, .915 save percentage, and two shutouts. He has dominated the Caps in his career, however, only losing once to them in regulation and stopping over 93 percent of the shots he has seen thrown his way. Outside the crease, the Isles are not missing anyone long term, but defenseman Mark Eaton (back) and forwards Casey Cizikas (flu) and Matt Martin (flu) are all questionable.
After his shutout against the Leafs Sunday, Michal Neuvirth is poised to make his second consecutive start in goal. Neuvirth is 10-11-4 on the year with a 2.78 GAA, .903 save percentage, and three shutouts. He beat the Isles the last time he faced them, stopping 22 of 24 shots. On the injury front, the Caps will be without Nicklas Backstrom, as they have been for the last nine weeks, as the superstar Swede recovers from a concussion. He's not even in the country at the moment; he's back home visiting family. In addition, Mike Green will be absent from the lineup as he serves the third and final game of a three-game suspension for his actions in last Thursday's game. With the Caps "rolling," per se, expect the lineup to remain the same; that means Jeff Halpern and John Erskine will remain healthy scratches.
Puck drops 7:09-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates. No recap tonight because of school obligations.