Semyon Varlamov to start against Thrashers
Coach Bruce Boudreau said it's Semyon Varlamov's turn for another start in net tonight. While it will be the Capitals' fifth meeting of the year against the Atlanta Thrashers it will be Varlamov's first appearance opposite the only Southeast Division foe that Washington has lost to this season.
--Tom Poti said he won't play against the Thrashers as he recovers from a mild groin strain, so the defensive pairings will likely look like what the Capitals used in Dallas earlier this week.
--D.J. King is still out on the ice for the scratches skate this morning so he should be the odd forward out. The Capitals didn't skate in line rushes this morning so we'll have to wait until warm-ups to see the latest combination of forwards.
The Thrashers are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday that snapped a six-game winning streak for Atlanta which started with a 5-0 shutout of Washington on Nov. 19. Both the Thrashers and Capitals, who watched their five-game winning streak go by the wayside in Dallas, will be looking to each make the defeats a single-contest blip on the radar screen.
"They've had a great three-week run," Boudreau said. "They really believe in themselves right now. It's going to be a tough haul [Saturday]."
One Thrasher with unquestionable success against the Capitals so far this year is sophomore forward Evander Kane, who has tallied five goals and two assists in four games against Washington this season. Kane's status is uncertain for tonight's tilt at Verizon Center however, after he missed Atlanta's last game with a left knee injury.
| December 4, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
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