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Capitals' Penner out; Grabner back in Islanders lineup

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 4:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Capitals' Penner out; Grabner back in Islanders lineup

Washington Capitals forward Dustin Penner is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and won't play Saturday against the New York Islanders, who see forward Michael Grabner return to the lineup.

The Capitals activated forward Aaron Volpatti off injured reserve to take the place of Penner, who has one goal and two assists in 14 games since being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks at the NHL Trade Deadline.

Grabner, who hasn't played since March 10 because of a concussion, will replace forward Johan Sundstrom in the lineup and skate on a line with Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck.

Grabner has 12 goals and 25 points in 63 games and his three shorthanded goals are tied for fifth in the NHL.

Here are how the lineups are expected to look based off warm-ups:

CAPITALS

Mikhail Grabovski - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward

Aaron Volpatti - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov - Mike Green

Julien Brouillette - Tyson Strachan

Braden Holtby

Jaroslav Halak

ISLANDERS

Anders Lee - Frans Nielsen - Josh Bailey

Michael Grabner - Brock Nelson - Cal Clutterbuck

Matt Martin - Ryan Strome - Colin McDonald

Mike Halmo - Casey Cizikas - John Persson

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic

Kevin Czuczman - Thomas Hickey

Matt Donovan - Matt Carkner

Evgeni Nabokov

Anders Nilsson

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres