Miller, who hasn’t played since suffering an undisclosed injury on Dec. 20, returns to a club that fared reasonably well in his absence. The Canucks went 5-2-1 with Markstrom in goal, and remained right in the thick of the Pacific Division playoff chase.
Miller faces a tall order in his first game back in action. The 35-year-old gets the Caps at Verizon, and their 2nd-ranked offense (3.3 goals per game).
For Washington, Braden Holtby will get the start. As per usual.
— In Todd McLellan’s first game back in San Jose, Cam Talbot gets the nod for the Oilers. McLellan’s replacement, Peter DeBoer, is going back to Martin Jones after Alex Stalock got the win last time out.