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Capitals' Holtby can tie single-season wins record

Would match mark with 48; Islanders in playoffs with victory

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (43-26-9) at CAPITALS (55-17-6)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, CSN-DC, NHL.TV

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby can tie the single-season record of 48 wins with a victory against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center on Tuesday.

Holtby is 47-9-5 in 63 games this season and won his NHL-leading 47th game April 1 against the Colorado Avalanche. Washington has four games remaining. He would tie the mark set by Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07.

"If it's going to happen, it's going to happen," Holtby said. "It's kind of what got us here is just enjoying the game, enjoying the challenge, trying to win, see what the game puts in front of you as an obstacle and try to overcome it."

"My goal was to get 40 wins again," Holtby said. "That's kind of the goal every year is to hit that 40 mark, and you're in the playoffs, usually. But it's tough, it's tough to stay healthy and things have to go right. It's a stat that's kind of cool, but we're just trying to win games."

The Islanders can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win. They also would be in with a point and a Boston Bruins loss in any fashion, or a Boston regulation loss.

The Capitals lost 3-0 to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday but have not lost consecutive games in regulation all season.

"It's a tough feat," defenseman Nate Schmidt said. "It's something that I think just comes down to the mindset and you just take each game as starting over again. You can't try and carry anything over, especially when you lose a game."

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will miss his third straight game with an upper body injury. He was on ice for the optional morning skate but coach Barry Trotz said he would not play against the Islanders.

The Islanders did not have a morning skate but rookie goaltender Christopher Gibson will start.

Here are the projected lineups:


Josh Bailey - John Tavares - Ryan Strome

Nikolay Kulemin - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Shane Prince

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Scott Mayfield - Ryan Pulock

Thomas Hickey - Marek Zidlicky

Christopher Gibson

Thomas Greiss

Injured: Jaroslav Halak (lower body), Mikhail Grabovski (upper body), Travis Hamonic (lower body), Adam Pelech (upper body), Jean-Francois Berube (lower body), Calvin de Haan (lower body)

Scratched: Eric Boulton, Steve Bernier, Brian Strait


Alex Ovechkin -Marcus Johansson - Justin Williams

Andre Burakovsky - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Daniel Winnik - Mike Richards - Michael Latta

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Nate Schmidt - John Carlson

Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Injured: Nicklas Backstrom (upper body)

Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Mike Weber, Stanislav Galiev

Status report: The Islanders recalled Mayfield from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis to replace de Haan.

Who's hot: Tavares leads the Islanders in points with 64 … Kuznetsov leads the Capitals in points with 75.

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