Blackhawks @ Capitals Game Thread

Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Caps play host to the reigning Cup champs in their home preseason opener

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Washington Capitals
@ Chicago Blackhawks

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT
United Center
Broadcast: CSN-DC, CSN-CH, NHL Network

Friday Caps Clips: 'Hawks @ Caps Game Day
  • Preview of tonight's preseason home opener against Chicago from Vogs and the 'Hawks, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Second City Hockey for the other side of tonight's match-up.

Tonight's probable starting netminders (2013 stats):


GP MIN W L O GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Michal Neuvirth (NHL) 13 723 4 5 2 33 2.74 367 334 .910 0
Antti Raanta (SM-Liga) 45 2595 21 10 11 80 1.85 1412 1332 .943 5

And your projected Caps lineup for tonight, per Mike Vogel:

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward

Andre Burakovsky - Jeff Taffe - Tom Wilson

Ryan Stoa - Michael Latta - Joel Rechlicz

Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov - Tomas Kundratek

John Erskine - Connor Carrick

David Leggio will likely back up Michal Neuvirth for the first half and step in to take the second half, per standard preseason practice.

Have at it, people.

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