Goaltending match-up: Tomas Vokoun (34/38, .895 SV%) vs. Antti Niemi (28/30, .933 SV%)
Combos: Alex Ovechkin – Brooks Laich – Troy Brouwer/ Alexander Semin – Marcus Johansson – Mike Knuble/ Jason Chimera – Jeff Halpern – Joel Ward/ Matt Hendricks – Mathieu Perreault – Jay Beagle/ Karl Alzner – John Carlson/ Roman Hamrlik – Dennis Wideman/ Dmitry Orlov – Mike Green
Scratches: Erskine, Backstrom, Schultz
Top PP times: Wideman, Ovechkin, Brouwer, Semin, Johansson (0:26)
Trending: Mike Green was hurt tonight. Seriously. Hit behind the net and didn’t return. No idea of severity at this point, but yikes. Alexander Semin (1A, -1, 1 SOG) came back into the line-up tonight and he already had nine points in seven starts coming in. Dennis Wideman (1G, 1A, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG) had 14 points in 15 GP before tonight and it’s tough to beat those numbers on D. Troy Brouwer (1A, -2, no SOG) has points in three of five.
Combos: Patrick Marleau – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski/ Ryane Clowe – Logan Couture – Benn Ferriero/ Jamie McGinn – Michal Handzus – Torrey Mitchell/ Brad Winchester – Andrew Desjardins – Tommy Wingels/ Dan Boyle – Marc-Edouard Vlasic/ Jason Demers – Brent Burns/ Douglas Murray – Justin Braun
Scratches: Murray, McLaren, Niittymaki
Top PP times: Braun (1:48), Boyle (1:46), Pavelski, Marleau, Thornton (1:37)
Trending: Jason Demers (1G, 0:42 PP, 2 SOG) had three points in his prior two starts. Brent Burns (1G, 1:34 PP, 3 SOG) ended a six-game pointless skid here. Dan Boyle (3A< +3, 4 SOG) had chipped in seven points in 16 GP dating back to the start of December before tonight. Joe Thornton (1A, +1, 4 SOG) has a point in each of his past three and he began the night with 32 points. Patrick Marleau (1G, 2A, +2, 5 SOG) has points in 10 of his past 11 now. Ryane Clowe (1A, +1, 1:03 PP, 2 SOG) has points in three of four this month.