The Caps recalled Eakin after Friday's 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Eakin was at Verizon Center during the game and traveled with the team Friday night. According to head coach Dale Hunter, Eakin will play to give Jay Beagle a break after recently returning from a two-month layoff with a concussion. Hunter also felt like Eakin deserved to rewarded for his play since his assignment to AHL Hershey; in four games with the Bears, Eakin has four goals and an assist.
Meanwhile, Tomas Vokoun will start his third consecutive game after allowing only two goals in his last two starts.
Jeff Schultz will likely be the defensive healthy scratch. He has appeared in just five games under Hunter. Mike Green is on the trip, but will not play after the team placed him on injured reserve Friday. It is retroactive from November 11 and he can be activated at any time.