Caps face off with the Bolts tonight in Tampa

Philipp Grubauer will get his first start of the season tonight against the Lightning. This is Grubauer’s third full season in the NHL, and in each of those seasons, his first starting assignment has come a earlier and earlier into the season.

Grubi is 3-0-0 in his three career appearances against the Lightning, with a 2.09 GAA and a .935 save pct.

For the Lightning tonight, Andrei Vasilevskiy will get his third consecutive start at the outset of the 2017-18 season. Each of his first two starts this season came against Florida, and he went 1-1-0 in those outings. Lifetime against Washington, Vasilevskiy is 0-3-0 with a 4.38 GAA and an .874 save pct

Forwards for tonight’s game

8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 13-Vrana

65-Burakovsky, 19-Backstrom, 77-Oshie

10-Connolly, 20-Eller, 39-Chiasson

79-Walker, 83-Beagle, 25-Smith-Pelly

Defensemen for tonight’s game

9-Orlov, 2-Niskanen

44-Orpik, 74-Carlson

55-Ness, 4-Chorney

Starting goaltender tonight


Scratches  29-Djoos,  91-Graovac, 43-Wilson

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