Originally posted on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 1/22/13
WJLA The Washington Capitals will kick off their 2013 home schedule Tuesday night as they welcome the Winnipeg Jets to Verizon Center for a Southeast Division clash.  The Capitals, having got off to a poor start by getting smacked around in Tampa Saturday night, will need to take advantage of a Jets squad playing their second game in 30 hours.  Winnipeg lost to the Bruins, 2-1 in a shootout, on Monday and are 0-1-1 on the young season so far.  With this game comes an opportunity for the Caps to pounce on a weary team in their home opener and get two points that they need in this abbreviated season. Ondrej Pavelec played well for Claude Noel yesterday, but given the back-to-back situation, it seems likely that Noel will opt to go with backup Al Montoya.  Montoya has not played in a game this season, but posted a 3.11 GAA and .893 save percentage last season in 26 starts for the Islanders.  On the injury front, the Jets are missing top-four defenseman Zach Bogosian, who is sidelined with a hand injury, and winger Antti Miettinen, who has an upper-body ailment.  Other than that, Winnipeg will field a full lineup. After Braden Holtby’s less-than-inspiring performance against the Lightning, one would expect that Michal Neuvirth to get the call this evening from Adam Oates.  Neuvirth started 30 games last year and posted a 2.82 GAA and .903 save percentage; it has been stated that he will play a good slot of games this year and it would make sense to start that tonight.  On the injury front, both Brooks Laich and Jack Hillen will be out of the lineup with lower-body and upper-body injuries respectively; Laich could return to practice Wednesday.  The repercussions of Hillen’s injury remain to be seen, as Oates is unlikely to go with seven defensemen again if Tom Poti proved he was healthy Saturday.  That would mean that either Joey Crabb or Eric Fehr, or perhaps both at the expense of Mathieu Perreault, would get a jersey. Puck drops 7:08-ish; the game can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet and nationally on TSN in Canada.  Check back later. Harry Hawkings is a college student credentialed to cover the Capitals for RtR.  Follow him on Twitter here for all your news needs this season.
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