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Your printable reference for tonight’s #CapsCats game.
With a 35-8-4 record returning from the All-Star break, the Caps will soon begin a series of games against Western Conference leaders—most who they have yet to play this season.
No Alex Ovechkin tonight: suspended for skipping the All-Star Games.
No Marcus Johannson.
Sill in for MoJo
The Panthers have clawed their way up to the top and will be coming in from Nashville after a weekend of that highlighted the talents of Jaromir Jagr and Roberto Luongo. They lead the Atlantic Division with a 29-15-5 record.
• Al Montoya will get the start in the net tonight. He is 7-2-1, .929)
• Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team in points (34 with 8 goals & 28 assists).
• Jagr follows with 33 points and sits behind Riley Smith (16g) with 15 goals. (BTW: Kuzy did score on Luaongo during the Games)
Caps Forward Lines
Galiev (49) Backstrom (19) Oshie (77)
Burakovsky (65) Kuznetsov (92) Williams (14)
Chimera (25) Richards (10) Wilson (43)
Laich (21) Sill (23) Latta (46)
Alzner (28) Niskanen (2)
Schmidt (88) Carlson (74)
Orlov (9) Chorney (4)
Braden Holtby (70) Philipp Grubauer (31) **
** Expected in the net tonight.
Marcus Johansson joins the injured list having left the Flyers game early with an upper-body injury. He did not skate with the team on Monday or Tuesday. He is considered day-to-day.
Brooks Orpik skated with the team during morning skate for the first time in ages. This is a good sign friends! Sounds like he is on the mend. He has missed 33 games.
Jay Beagle’s recovery is coming along. It could be another couple weeks before he returns to the game following hand surgery. He continues skating with the trainers before team practice. He has missed 11 games.
The Panthers Projected Lineup
Huberdeau (11)Barkov (16)Jagr (68)
Jokinen (36) Trocheck (21)Smith (18)
Howden (42) Bjugstad (27) Shaw (48
Thornton (22) MacKenzie (17)Knight (53)
Campbell (51) Ekblad (5)
Kulikov (7) Gudbranson (44)
Kampfer (3) Petrovic (6)
Luongo (1) Montoya (35)**
** Expected in the net.
Savard, Bolland, and Mitchell