The look.

Fact Facts

- Braden Holtby and Tim Thomas have literally gone toe-to-toe in this series, as they’ve both made some impeccable saves to earn their teams wins. Holtby is a bit of a surprise for some given our familiarity with Michal Neuvirth and Tomas Vokoun, but there were plenty who felt that Holtby was the gem of the bunch when the Capitals had Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov sharing the load. Tim Thomas has clearly shaken off any difficulty he had during the season and has returned to 2011 playoff form.

Holtby this series: 1-2-0; 1.77 GAA; .942 SV%
Thomas this series: 2-1-0; 1.47 GAA; .943 SV%

- Neuvirth and Vokoun both skated today but have not been cleared to return to the lineup. Neuvirth is expected to be back at some point this series but Vokoun is expected to be a much longer wait. Tuukka Rask made the trip to Washington but hasn’t been cleared to play while Adam McQuaid didn’t make the trip for Boston at all.

- Nicklas Backstrom is suspended for the Capitals and Mathieu Perreault will replace him in the lineup.

Expected lines:


Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brian Rolston-Chris Kelly-Benoit Pouliot
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon-Joe Corvo


Alex Ovechkin-Brooks Laich-Marcus Johansson
Jason Chimera-Mathieu Perreault-Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks-Jay Beagle-Troy Brouwer
Mike Knuble-Keith Aucoin-Joel Ward

Karl Alzner-John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik-Mike Green
John Erskine-Dennis Wideman

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