By Nathan Sick
Tonight, the Capitals face off against the up-and-coming Colorado Avalanche. It’s the Caps’ third game of the season, and Barry Trotz has made some, er, interesting lineup changes as he prepares to do battle with Jared Bednar, the Avs’ new coach (formerly of the South Carolina Stingrays.)
If the Avalanche’s revamped brand of high-scoring (and low-possession) hockey isn’t reason enough to tune in, tonight’s contest will feature a special pre-game ceremony honoring Braden Holtby. In an ironic twist that will be taught by English teachers ever after, Holtby was Holtbenched in favor of backup goalie Philipp Grubauer.
Bonus points for whoever correctly identifies the type of irony (situational, dramatic, or verbal) exhibited by Trotz’s decision to sit tonight’s honoree. In the meantime, puck drop is at 7 PM on CSN.
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Tonight, the lineup sees some tweaks for the first time this year. Brett Connolly is in for Zach Sanford, and as mentioned, Grubauer will see his first start.
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Oshie
Johansson – Backstrom – Burakovsky
Connolly – Eller – Williams
Winnik – Beagle – Wilson
Alzner – Niskanen
Orlov – Carlson
Orpik – Schmidt
Regarding Holtby not starting on night he’s being honored, Trotz: “I didn’t toss and turn about it.”
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) October 18, 2016
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