Per Mike Vogel, the Caps will get at least one of the walking wounded back in the lineup, but lose another one, as Mike Green returns and Jay Beagle sits. In Beagle's spot is a familiar face in recently-recalled Andre Burakovsky, who steps in for fourth-line duty. With that in mind, here are tonight's likely lines and defensive pairings, with Braden Holtby back between the pipes:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Marcus Johansson
Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward
Andre Burakovsky - Brooks Laich - Tom Wilson
Nate Schmidt -
That would leave Justin Peters backing up Holtby, Orpik and Latta still a few days away with assorted ailments (and joined by Beagle, who will sit out with an upper-body injury), and Dmitry Orlov and John Erskine still on the IR.