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Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson game-time decision vs. Capitals

Arizona defenseman sustained lower-body injury Saturday; Washington's Johansson sick, questionable

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

COYOTES (27-25-6) at CAPITALS (43-10-4)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; FS-A, CSN-DC, NHL.TV 

WASHINGTON -- Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will be a game-time decision for the Arizona Coyotes at the Washington Capitals on Monday. 

Ekman-Larsson participated in the Coyotes' morning skate but his status remains uncertain. 

He sustained a lower-body injury Saturday during a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Ekman-Larsson leads the Coyotes in scoring with 45 points. 

"He was in good spirits this morning, got through the skate and we'll re-evaluate," coach Dave Tippett said. "Hopefully he's good to go tonight. He's one of our top players in the lineup and that's a good thing for us. You never like to miss top players and hopefully he'll be good to go." 

Washington is the first stop for the Coyotes on their five-game road trip and Tippett wants to set a tone for the trip right away. Arizona is five points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference. 

"We've got to play well as a group," Tippett said. "We have to have a real strong, simple mindset to do little things right and give ourselves a chance to win." 

Capitals forward Marcus Johansson was not present at the morning skate because of an illness but is probable to play against the Coyotes, according to coach Barry Trotz. 

"We expect him to show up tonight and be ready to go," Trotz said. "He felt a little under the weather this morning. We gave him some meds and we'll see how he is later today. Right now he's probable." 

If Johansson doesn't play, Mike Richards would replace him as center on the third line and Michael Latta would shift from right wing to center on the fourth line. 

Louis Domingue will start in goal for Arizona. He is 12-9-4 with a 2.67 GAA and .913 save percentage in 25 games this season. 

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will make his 48th start. He leads the NHL with 37 wins. 
Here are the projected lineups: 


Tobias Rieder - Antoine Vermette - Mikkel Boedker   
Max Domi - Martin Hanzal - Anthony Duclair   
Jordan Martinook - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan   
Kyle Chipchura - Tyler Gaudet - Viktor Tikhonov  

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Connor Murphy   
Kevin Connauton - Michael Stone   
Klas Dahlbeck - Zbynek Michalek   

Louis Domingue   
Niklas Treutle  

Injured: Boyd Gordon (upper body), Mike Smith (abdominal surgery), Joe Vitale (fractured orbital bone), Anders Lindback (lower body) 
Scratched: Jarred Tinordi, Nicklas Grossman 


Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams  
Andre Burakovsky - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie  
Jason Chimera - Marcus Johansson - Tom Wilson  
Brooks Laich - Mike Richards - Michael Latta 

Matt Niskanen - Karl Alzner  
Nate Schmidt - John Carlson  
Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov  

Braden Holtby 
Philipp Grubauer  

Injured: Jay Beagle (upper body) 
Scratched: Stanislav Galiev, Taylor Chorney  

Status update: Smith is with the Coyotes on their five-game road trip. He was on the ice during the morning skate but did not face shots. 

Who's hot: Ovechkin has four points in the past two games. … Kuznetsov has six points in his past four games. … Domi has six points in his past three games. … Stone has four points in the past three games.

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