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Capitals' Penner out; Grabner back in Islanders lineup

by Staff

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:


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


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

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