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Capitals Vs. Jets: Michal Neuvirth To Start As Caps Hope To Take Off Against Jets

It's been 16 years since the Washington Capitals played a team in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. That will change Thursday when the Caps head back to face the repatriated Jets at MTS Centre.

The Caps started their three-game road trip in heartbreaking fashion in a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators Tuesday. Troy Brouwer gave Washington a 1-0 lead with less than five minutes left, but the Predators responded with three unanswered goals, including the game-tying goal 28 seconds after Brouwer's goal and the game-winning goal with 25 seconds left. With the loss, the Caps dropped 3-5-1 in their last nine games after starting 7-0-0.

Michal Neuvirth will start for the Caps Thursday at the sight of one of his biggest personal achievements. In 2009, Neuvirth won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs as the Hershey Bears defeated the Manitoba Moose at MTS Centre to win the franchise's 10th championship.

Karl Alzner, John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault were also a part of that championship team, but Perreault might be a healthy scratch for the fifth time in seven games, according to The Washington Post's Katie Carrera.

Neuvirth will be opposed by Ondrej Pavelec. It will be Pavelec's 11th straight start.

While the Jets may be "new," the Caps are quite familiar with the former Atlanta Thrashers, who defeated them in four of six meetings last season. The Jets, however, still reside in the Southeast Division for the season and are six points behind the Caps in the standings. Both teams have lost six of nine.