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Holtby, Pavelec back in net for Capitals-Jets rematch

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

WINNIPEG – The Washington Capitals’ season is still on the line Friday evening when they face the Winnipeg Jets for the second consecutive night at MTS Centre.

But the Capitals (13-16-1) bought themselves some breathing room after shutting out the Jets 4-0 Thursday night to move themselves five points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Winnipeg (16-13-2) did not hold a morning skate at MTS Centre, and the Capitals’ optional skate had five players.

Capitals coach Adam Oates will return to Braden Holtby in net one night after he shut out the Jets for the second time this month in Winnipeg. Oates said he will dress the same lineup that featured the return of defenseman Mike Green from a 10-game injury absence. The Capitals also reportedly placed right wing Joey Crabb on waivers to alleviate a roster glut.

The Jets will again turn to goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who will start his 10th consecutive game. Winnipeg’s blue line was dealt another injury blow Thursday when a heavy third-period hit from Alex Ovechkin ended Mark Stuart’s evening. Jets coach Claude Noel described Stuart as “banged up” and termed him a game-time decision. Noel also said he may tinker with his lineup.

Here are the projected lineups for the Capitals and Jets for the game Friday:

CAPITALS

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Brooks LaichMike RibeiroTroy Brouwer

Jason ChimeraMathieu PerreaultEric Fehr

Matt HendricksJay BeagleJoel Ward

Jack HillenJohn Carlson

Karl AlznerSteve Oleksy

Dmitry OrlovMike Green

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Injured: John Erskine (arm), Tomas Kundratek (knee).

Scratched: Joey Crabb, Jeff Schultz, Aaron Volpatti, Wojtek Wolski

JETS

Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Evander KaneOlli JokinenAntti Miettinen

James WrightNik AntropovKyle Wellwood

Eric TangradiAlexander BurmistrovChris Thorburn

Grant ClitsomeDustin Byfuglien

Ron HainseyZach Bogosian

Mark StuartDerek Meech

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

Injured: Tobias Enstrom (shoulder), Anthony Peluso (hand), Zach Redmond (thigh), Jim Slater (hand)

Scratched: Patrice Cormier, Arturs Kulda, Paul Postma

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round