Via twitter, Caps going with 7D again. Halpren out and ward out. Holtby in.
@ChuckGormleyCSN: #Capitals will go with Braden Holtby (2-1-1) vs. Ryan Miller (29-18-7) tonight. Halpern (healthy) Ward (foot) appear out 7 D likely to dress
Other: Holtby to face biggest game in his life.
From CSN Washington,
Holtby faces biggest game of his life
Goaltender Braden Holtby will make the biggest start of his career tonight when the Capitals face off against the Buffalo Sabres for sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
“It’s a big game but at the same time it’s just another one,” said Holtby who is 2-1-1 for the Capitals this season, including a 3-0 shutout over Minnesota on Sunday. “It counts as two points, just like all the others do. You’ve got to go into it with that mindset, but there will be a little extra motivation to have the team going and get a win.”
The Sabres have won four in a row and are 17-5-5 since the All-Star break, when they were 14th in the East and 10 points out of eighth. In his only appearance against the Sabres last season Holtby and the Capitals were handed a 3-2 setback in overtime.
“I probably get to watch them on TV more than they’ve ever gotten to see me,” Holtby said, “so it’s probably an advantage for me.”
Capitals coach Dale Hunter is expected to go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards tonight, which means Alex Ovechkin could see extra ice time. He played 26:19 in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Wild.
“Everybody wants to play lots of minutes on the ice,” Ovechkin said. “For me personally, the more time I spend on the ice I feel much better. We’ll see what Dale does tonight. I’m ready for it. If I play 30 minutes the most important thing is we win the game, it doesn’t matter how.”
Jeff Halpern (healthy) and Joel Ward (foot) are expected to be scratched tonight. Center Nick Backstrom skated hard and took body checks after today’s practice and, according to Hunter, is getting closer to full clearance for games.
The people who have more than a passing knowledge of both probably know a number of people who do as well, but I would still consider that number to be a very, very, small percentage of the population who are well versed in one of the subjects.
I can't imagine that the typical WWII buff knows about rushing bases or that the typical leetspeaker could name all 3 Axis powers, let alone their leaders.