News and notes as the Capitals (2-1-0, 4 points) prepare to take on the Carolina Hurricanes (1-3-0, 2 points) tonight at Verizon Center (7 p.m., CSN):
Taming the Canes: The Caps are 5-1-1 in their last seven games against the Hurricanes. Nicklas Backstrom, who returns to the lineup after missing the first three games of the season, has 46 points in 41 career games against Carolina, his most against any NHL team. The Hurricanes are the second straight opponent visiting Verizon Center after playing the night before. The Canes won their first game, 5-3 in Detroit Friday night.
Who’s in goal: Braden Holtby (2-1-0, 2.40, .914) is expected to face Cam Ward (1-2-0, 3.07, .859). In three career appearances against the Hurricanes, Holtby is 7-4-0 with a 2.08 GAA, .942 SP and one shutout. In 34 career games against the Caps, Ward is 16-13-4 with a 2.60 GAA and .919 SP and four shutouts.
10-year Cup anniversary: Caps RW Justin Williams was on the 2005-06 Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes. Only two players from that team remain on the Hurricanes’ current roster: Ward, who is 31, and Eric Staal, who will turn 31 on Oct. 29.
“Eric and Cam were amazing that year,” Williams said. “Staal was only in his second year and had 100 points. He took attention off of Rod Brind’Amour, who had a great year as well. (Peter) Laviolette pulled the right strings that year and Cam made his announcement he would be here to stay.”
Chorlov: The Caps have altered their third defense pairing by moving Dmitry Orlov from the right side to the left, while moving Taylor Chorney to the right. Both are left-handed and both have said they are comfortable playing either side.
“He’s got a lot on his plate this year and he’s done a really good job to this point,” Trotz said of Orlov. “I thought the left side was good for him (on Thursday).”
Better starts: Last season the Caps scored 67 goals in the first period, 87 goals in the second period and 78 goals in the third. This season they’ve scored three in the first, one in the second and five in the third.
“If there is anything we can correct from last year it’s we weren’t a good quick-start team,” Trotz said. “Our first periods were sort of ho-hum. We’ve got to go after teams, especially in our building.”
Passing Hatcher: With his 687th game as a Capital, Brooks Laich will pass Kevin Hatcher for 10th on the Caps’ all-time games played list.
Hey, buddy: Caps LW Jason Chimera and Carolina D Ron Hainsey played together for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2005-08 and are close friends.
Here are projected lineups for tonight:
Dmitry Orlov -Taylor Chorney
Injured: Chris Brown (hand)
Scratches: Brett Pesce
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