Mar 12, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) grabs Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) in front of Hurricanes center Jiri Tlusty (19) in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Game #4: Carolina Hurricanes At Washington Capitals

The Carolina Hurricanes (1-1-1) play their fourth game in six days, when they take on ex-Southeast Division rival the Washington Capitals (1-2-0) tonight at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup
Offense
Tlusty – E.Staal – Semin
Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer
Skinner – Nash – Dvorak
Sutter – Lindholm – Bowman
 
Defense
Faulk – Sekera
Bellemore – Hainsey
Harrison – Murphy
 
Goalies
Khudobin
[Ward]
 
Scratches: Ruutu (Injured), Gleason (Concussion), Komisarek and Westgarth (Healthy).
 
Capitals Lineup
Offense
Johansson – Backstrom – Ovechkin
Laich – Grabovski – Brouwer
Chimera – Fehr – Ward
Erat – Beagle – Wilson
 
Defense
Alzner – Green
Erskine – Carlson
Urbom – Oleksy
 
Goalies
Holtby
[Neuvirth]
 
Scratches: Hillen (Injured)
 

UPDATE: Muller said Komisarek could play tonight, going with seven defensemen. Who he would replace was not said.

The Caps have had the past four days off after losing their last game, 2-1, to the Dallas Stars. While a rest is always good, the team may be a little sluggish to start the game given the long break early in the season. The Hurricanes will need to jump on the Capitals early.

Alexander Ovechkin has started where he left off last season with six points, including four goals in three games.

As usual, it will be up to Jordan Staal to stop him. So far Staal has had success in stopping other team’s top players in games this season.

Last game against the Penguins, the offense had some trouble putting pucks past Marc-Andre Fleury, but Eric Staal got his first goal of the season.

Through the first three games, the first line has not looked that strong. The team desperately needs them to get going as the depth scoring isn’t going to last forever. Kirk Muller juggled the first line against the Pens, but hopefully for the Canes he won’t have to do that tonight.

A starter has not been named yet for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward played the last game against the Penguins after Anton Khudobin earned a win against the Flyers. The Canes also play Friday, so it’s likely one goalie will play tonight and the other tomorrow.

UPDATE: Muller announced Khudobin will start tonight.

A recap will be posted after the game.

 

Tags: Alexander Ovechkin Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes Jordan Staal

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