CAPITALS (7-2-0) at PANTHERS (5-4-1)
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Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer will make his second start of the season Saturday against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.
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
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
Injured: Aleksander Barkov (hand), Jaromir Jagr (lower body)
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.