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Erat to make Capitals debut with familiar face

Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 11:23 AM

By Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Erat to make Capitals debut with familiar face

Martin Erat will make his Washington Capitals debut Thursday when his new team faces the New York Islanders.

However, he'll have a familiar face near him as it appears Erat will play on a line with Joel Ward. The two were teammates with the Nashville Predators.

In addition, Eric Fehr will return to the lineup for the Capitals after missing four games with an upper-body injury.

Fehr's return will push Jason Chimera out of the lineup as a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Braden Holtby will start in goal for the Capitals, and Evgeni Nabokov will get the start for the Islanders.

The Capitals enter the game 10th in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the ninth-place Islanders.

Here is how the lineups for the teams could look when they take the ice Thursday at Verizon Center:

ISLANDERS

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Michael Grabner - Keith Aucoin - Colin McDonald

Anders Lee - Casey Cizikas - Matt Martin

Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic

Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky

Mark Streit - Matt Carkner

Evgeni Nabokov

Kevin Poulin

Scratched: Jesse Joensuu, Eric Boulton, Marty Reasoner, Joe Finley, Radek Martinek, Brian Strait

CAPITALS

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Brooks Laich - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer

Martin Erat - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward

Eric Fehr - Jay Beagle - Matt Hendricks

Jack Hillen - John Carlson

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

John Erskine - Steve Oleksy

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Jason Chimera, Wojtek Wolski, Aaron Volpatti, Jeff Schultz

Injured: Tom Poti (back)

Quote of the Day

This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares