|Maybe, one of these days, Sasha will break out...|
Scott Clemmensen will make the start in goal for Kevin Dineen's men because of an injury to regilar starter Jose Theodore. Clemmensen is 6-2-5 on the year with a 2.72 GAA, .914 save percentage, and one shutout. Outside the crease, the Panthers will be without defensemen Dmitry Kulikov (knee) and Ed Jovanovski (hand), who are both on the sideline with long-term injuries. Winger Marco Sturm, also a former Capital, could make his return following an extended absence because of a concussion, while forward Kris Versteeg (illness) is officially questionable.
Michal Neuvirth is the suprise starter in goal this evening for the Capitals. Neuvirth, who lost his last start in Pittsburgh ten days ago, is 6-7-3 on the year with a 3.08 GAA, .892 save percentage, and two shutouts. On the injury front, both Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (sports hernia surgery) are out. Alex Ovechkin will also be absent as he serves the third and final game of his suspension. Joel Rechlicz, who was completely and utterly useless in 1:59 of ice time Tuesday, will stay in the lineup over Jay Beagle. Jeff Schultz will also get a jersey for just the seventh time in the last eight weeks and first time in over a month, at the expense of John Erskine.
Puck drops 8:08-ish. Check back later.