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Starting Lineups and Injury Updates: Caps Visit Cats Tonight

Panthers Notes:

The Panthers recalled goaltender Brian Foster from San Antonio to rest Jose Theodore. Jack Skille is taking more time off to rest his shoulder, and Kris Versteeg is still out with the flu. Scottie Upshall is out for the forseeable future, and is scheduled for a sports hernia surgery later this week. On the positive side, Marco Sturm should play tonight after missing six weeks with a concussion.

Tonight’s starting lineup:


Fleischmann – Weiss – Kopecky

Bergenheim – Goc – Samuelsson

Sturm – Madden – Bradley

Matthias – Santorelli – Barch


Campbell – Gudbranson

Weaver – Garrison

Strachan – Ellerby


Scott Clemmensen (6-2-5) gets the start, while Brian Foster backs him up.

Capitals Notes:

Defenseman Mike Green is expected to be out until the middle of February, recuperating a sports hernia surgery. Center Nicklas Backstrom has been placed on IR and is indefinite with post-concussion syndrome. Defenseman Tom Poti is expected to be sidelined all season with a groin injury.
Alex Ovechkin is still in the midst of his three game suspension for a dirty hit against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tonight’s starting lineup:


Johansson – Perreault – Semin

Hendricks – Laich – Brouwer

Chimera – Halpern – Knuble

Rechlicz – Eakin – Ward


Alnzer – Wideman

Hamrlik – Carlson

Erskine – Orlov


Tomas Vokoun is likely to get the start tonight, with Michal Neuvirth set to back him up.

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