Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 9/19/14

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 11: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals brings the puck down the ice against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on November 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Alexander Semin returns once more, still one of the Canes' best players. (Clydeorama) The Washington Capitals will close out their brief two-game homestand on Tuesday night with a critical game against the Southeast Division rival Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center.  The Caps, having lost two games over the weekend, are 10-13-1 this season for 21 standings points; they are therefore third in the Southeast Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference.  Carolina, who smoked the Devils in their last game on Saturday, are 14-9-1 for 29 standings points, which puts them on top of the Southeast Division and therefore third in the Conference.  This is the second time the two clubs have met this season; the Caps shut out Carolina in their only previous meeting, 3-0. With workhorse starter Cam Ward out of commission because of an MCL sprain, coach Kirk Muller will be forced to turn to backup Dan Ellis in the goal this evening.  Ellis made 31 saves in that 6-3 win over Jersey ov...
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