Dec 3, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) makes a save in front of Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash (20) in the third period at Verizon Center. The Hurricanes won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #35 vs. Washington Capitals

The Carolina Hurricanes (14-13-7) will return home for the first time in two weeks to take on the Washington Capitals (18-13-3) at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

This will be the third meeting between the two teams. The Canes have won the previous two games including a Dec. 3 4-1 win. Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist in the win.

Hurricanes Lineup
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Jiri Tlusty – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Tim Gleason
Cam Ward/Justin Peters
Possible Scratches: Brett Bellemore Mike Komisarek and Anton Khudobin (Injured). Kevin Westgarth (Healthy). Elias Lindholm (WJC).
Capitals Lineup
Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin
Eric Fehr – Martin Erat – Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera – Jay Beagle – Joel Ward
Aaron Volpatti – Casey Wellman – Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner – John Carlson
Mike Green – Dmitry Orlov
John Erskine – Steve Olesky
Braden Holtby/Philipp Grubauer
Possible Scratches: Brooks Laich, Mikhail Grabovski and Jack Hillen (Injured).

Hurricanes Outlook: With such a long break in between games it gave the team time to rest after four games on the road in the Western Conference. How the break effects them is the big question.

The Hurricanes may be slow to start the game with no game experience in a long time, but by the second period things should start to become more normal. Or they could come out with a lot of energy. These things effect teams differently.

No concrete updates were given on injuries over the break. Anton Khudobin participated more in practice, but him taking Justin Peter’s spot is unlikely. Brett Bellemore could also be nearing a return to create a logjam on defense.

Elias Lindholm could play. He was supposed to join Team Sweden on Dec. 22, so he could get into this game before heading to his native country.

Capitals Outlook: The Caps last played on Tuesday, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2 after earning a comeback win against the team two nights earlier.

Injuries down the middle have hurt the team this season. With Brooks Laich and Mikhail Grabovski out, Washington has turned to career-winger, Martin Erat to fill in at second-line center.

But Alex Ovechkin continues his torrid pace with 28 goals and 38 points on the season. Nicklas Backstrom also has 37 points this season to help lead the Capitals.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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