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Oshie set for 600th NHL game; Luongo out for Florida

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

PANTHERS (2-4-0) at CAPITALS (4-3-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo won't play against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Saturday after he was placed on injured reserve with a hand injury. 

The injury occured in the third period of a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Backup James Reimerstopped 11 shots in relief and likely will start. Florida recalled goalie Harri Sateri from Springfield of the American Hockey League.

Capitals forward T.J. Oshie will play in his 600th NHL game. Oshie is off to the fastest start of his career with six goals in eight games. His shooting percentage since the start of the 2015-16 season (18.7) ranks second in the League among players with at least 100 shots on goal (Paul Byron, 22.0). 

Oshie scored a 6-on-4 goal with 1:01 remaining to tie the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime on the League-leading 10th goal by Alex Ovechkin goal to end a two-game losing streak.

Video: WSH@DET: Oshie taps home PPG to tie game late in 3rd

The Panthers have lost three straight.

 

Players to watch

Florida forward Jonathan Huberdeau (three goals, three assists) has points in five of six games.  

The game-winning goal by Ovechkin was his 20th overtime goal, passing Jaromir Jagr for first on the NHL's all-time list. Ovechkin has 73 points (35 goals, 38 assists) in 57 games against Florida, his fourth-most against any team.

Video: FLA@PIT: Huberdeau buries a shot from the slot

 

They said it 

"Our PK is struggling right now. It seems that everything that's coming at us is finding it's way into the back of the net." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner after his team allowed three power-play goals to the Penguins on Friday

"Big picture it was really big for him. Andre will be a guy that we're going to rely on. We just had to get him off the schneid a little bit. It's not a demotion." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz on forward Andre Burakovsky, who had a goal and an assist against the Red Wings on Friday after dropping from the first line to the third line

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Jamie McGinn -- Vincent Trocheck -- Radim Vrbata

Nick Bjugstad -- Jared McCann -- Owen Tippett

Micheal Haley -- Derek MacKenzie -- Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

MacKenzie Weegar -- Mark Pysyk

Mike Matheson -- Alex Petrovic

James Reimer

Harri Sateri

Scratched: Connor Brickley, Denis Malgin, Ian McCoshen

Injured: Roberto Luongo (hand)

 

Capitals projected lineup

Tom Wilson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Jakub Vrana

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Andre Burakovsky

Alex Chiasson -- Jay Beagle -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov -- Taylor Chorney

Christian Djoos -- John Carlson

Brooks Orpik -- Madison Bowey

Philipp Grubauer

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness

Injured: Matt Niskanen (upper body), Tyler Graovac (upper body)

 

Status report

Grubauer will make his third start of the season.

 

Stat pack

The Capitals have three of the League's top six scorers. Forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov are in a three-way tie for third (12 points) and Ovechkin is sixth (11 points). … The Panthers have lost nine of their last 11 games at Capital One Arena. … Florida ranks second in shots per game (40.0) behind the Edmonton Oilers (41.3).

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