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At the Rink: Capitals at Panthers

by Staff

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer will make his second start of the season Saturday against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC+, FS-F).

Neither team held a morning skate after the Capitals and Panthers each played Friday; Washington defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1, while Florida lost 3-1 to the Boston Bruins.

Grubauer gets the start after Braden Holtby made 29 saves against the Blue Jackets for his sixth win of the season. Grubauer made 19 saves to win his prior start, 7-4 against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 23.

The Capitals (7-2-0) are aiming to match the best 10-game start in franchise history; they started 8-2-0 in 1991-92 and 2011-12.

The Panthers (5-4-1) on Saturday recalled forward Rocco Grimaldi from Portland of the American Hockey League. They played without leading scorer Jaromir Jagr against the Bruins. Jagr is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury and it's possible he could return Saturday.

Goalie Al Montoya could start for the Panthers after Roberto Luongo made 27 saves against the Bruins.

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Justin Williams

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky - Brooks Laich - Michael Latta

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Matt Niskanen - Karl Alzner

Dmitry Orlov - Nate Schmidt

Philipp Grubauer

Braden Holtby

Injured: Chris Brown (hand)

Scratched: Chandler Stephenson, Stanislav Galiev, Taylor Chorney


Jonathan Huberdeau - Nick Bjugstad - Jussi Jokinen

Brandon Pirri - Vincent Trocheck - Reilly Smith

Quinton Howden - Dave Bolland - Logan Shaw

Connor Brickley - Derek MacKenzie - Shawn Thornton

Brian Campbell - Aaron Ekblad

Willie Mitchell - Erik Gudbranson

Dmitry Kulikov - Alex Petrovic

Al Montoya

Roberto Luongo

Injured: Aleksander Barkov (hand), Jaromir Jagr (lower body)

Scratched:?????????Steven Kampfer

Status report: Barkov, who is expected to miss a few weeks, was placed on injured reserve Saturday when Grimaldi was recalled. Kulikov sustained a broken nose when he went face-first into the boards on a hit from behind by Bruins forward Brad Marchand late in the third period Friday, but coach Gerard Gallant did not rule him out.

Who's hot: Williams has two goals and one assist in his past three games. … Bjugstad has two goals and two assists in his past four games.

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