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Former Capital Jose Theodore is expected to get the call in goal from Kevin Dineen despite losing his last effort and allowing five goals in the process. Theodore is 22-15-11 on the year with a 2.43 GAA, .918 save percentage, and three shutouts; he made 39 saves on 41 shots in a loss the last time he faced his former mates. Outside the crease, the Panthers only have two injuries, and they are both to grinders; former Cap Matt Bradley (upper body) and winger Jack Skille (shoulder) have both been out long term.
Dale Hunter confirmed Michal Neuvrth as his starter Wednesday, so look for the Czech rookie to receive his fourth consecutive start in the Washington nets. Neuvirth is 13-13-5 on the year with a 2.86 GAA, .901 save percentage, and three shutouts; he is 0-2 against the Panthers this season. On the injury front, defenseman John Erskine is on injured reserve because of a lower body injury and will not play. Winger Troy Brouwer, who was absent from practice on Wednesday, is questionable but is still expected to play. Expect Dale Hunter to keep the lineup intact, which means Jeff Schultz the healthy scratch among defensemen and Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern, and Cody Eakin all up in the pressbox among forwards.
Puck drops 7:08-ish. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.