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At the Rink: Capitals at Coyotes

by Jerry Brown

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes won a game against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, but the cost of that victory was two players who will be out of the lineup Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

Defenseman Brandon Gormley scored his first NHL goal and played a key role in the 2-1 win, but he suffered a lower-body injury late in the third period. Wing Rob Klinkhammer left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period and didn't return.

Gormley stayed on the bench after he was hit from behind along the boards by Edmonton's Benoit Pouliot, but had to be helped off the ice by his teammates after the victory celebration.

Gormley was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Arizona coach Dave Tippett said Gormley will miss "about a week," but was cautiously optimistic the injury won't be serious. Further tests later Tuesday will tell more.

"Hopefully it's not a long-term thing," Tippett said.

Defenseman David Schlemko, who was sent down to the Portland Pirates of the American League late last week, was recalled to fill Gormley's spot on the roster.

Klinkhammer's status is day-to-day. Lucas Lessio, who was recalled from Portland last week, will take Klinkhammer's left wing spot alongside Sam Gagner and Shane Doan against Washington.

Mike Smith will be the goalie for Arizona, though backup Devan Dubnyk allowed just one goal in the past two games, a 5-0 shutout against Vancouver on Friday and the squeaker over his old team in Edmonton.

Smith has played better of late but carries a 3.43 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage into the game.

The Capitals are 3-6-1 in their past 10 games. They had a 3-1 lead over the Coyotes in the first game between the teams this season, only to see Arizona storm back with five unanswered goals to win. It's a familiar theme for a team that has held a second-period lead in 14 of 15 games, but struggled to a 7-7-1 start.

Braden Holtby will be in goal for the Capitals. Several of Washington's injured players are back skating, but Brooks Laich (shoulder), Aaron Volpatti (neck), Dmitry Orlov (wrist) and Liam O'Brien (lower body) will all miss the game Tuesday.

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas BackstromTom Wilson

Marcus Johansson - Andre Burakovsky - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera -- Jay Beagle -- Joel Ward

Chris BrownEvgeny KuznetsovEric Fehr

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Nate Schmidt - Mike Green

Braden Holtby

Justin Peters

Scratched: Jack Hillen, Michael Latta

Injured: Brooks Laich (shoulder), Aaron Volpatti (neck), Dmitry Orlov (wrist), John Erskine (neck surgery), Liam O'Brien (lower body).


Lauri KorpikoskiAntoine Vermette -- Mikkel Boedker

Tobias RiederMartin HanzalMartin Erat

Lucas LessioSam GagnerShane Doan

Brandon McMillanJoe VitaleB.J. Crombeen

Oliver Ekman-LarssonZbynek Michalek

Keith YandleConnor Murphy

Chris SummersMichael Stone

Mike Smith

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Kyle Chipchura, David Schlemko

Injured: David Moss (upper body), Rob Klinkhammer (upper body), Brandon Gormley (lower body),

Status report: Dubnyk has a 4-0-1 record this season and one of the wins came against the Capitals, a 6-5 victory in Washington on Nov. 2. … Moss is still wearing a no-contact jersey and remains on injured reserve. … Yandle did not skate Tuesday morning, but Tippett said it was a maintenance day and he will play against Washington.

Who's hot: The Capitals are 6-1-1 when scoring first this season, but have won only once when allowing the first goal. … Washington's power play ranks No. 3 in the NHL at 25.9 percent. Doan has four goals and five points in his past three games against Washington, including two goals and three points in the first game this season. He has 15 points in 23 career games against the Capitals. … Ovechkin has four goals and 12 points in nine career games against Arizona.

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