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Grubauer starts for Capitals against Coyotes

Washington goalie Holtby remains one win shy of tying NHL single-season record

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

CAPITALS (55-16-6) at COYOTES (34-36-7)

TV: 10 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-A, NHL.TV

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Braden Holtby's quest to tie the NHL record for single-season wins by a goaltender will have to wait one more game.

Holtby, who won his 47th game for the Washington Capitals on Friday against the Colorado Avalanche, will give way to backup Philipp Grubauer when they complete back-to-back games against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Holtby, who is 4-0-1 in his past five starts and 7-1-2 in his past 10, is one win shy of the single-season record of 48 set by Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07

The League-leading Capitals host the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Washington did not hold a team skate Saturday. Center Nicklas Backstrom, who missed the 4-2 win against the Avalanche on Friday with an upper-body injury, was one of four Capitals who skated Saturday. He will be a game-time decision against Arizona. 

The Coyotes will be without center Martin Hanzal, who left the 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. Coach Dave Tippett said he hopes Hanzal will accompany Arizona on its season-ending, four-game road trip beginning Monday against the St. Louis Blues. 

Center Laurent Dauphin was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League and will play in place of Hanzal.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who sat out Thursday will an illness, will return to his usual spot alongside Connor Murphy.

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Justin Williams

Andre Burakovsky - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Daniel Winnik - Mike Richards - Stanislav Galiev

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Nate Schmidt - John Carlson

Brooks Orpik - Dmitry Orlov

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Injured: Nicklas Backstrom (upper body)

Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Michael Latta, Mike Weber


Alex Tanguay - Antoine Vermette - Anthony Duclair

Tobias Rieder - Laurent Dauphin - Viktor Tikhonov

Max Domi- Brad Richardson - Shane Doan

Jordan Martinook- Boyd Gordon - Kyle Chipchura

Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Connor Murphy

Kevin Connauton - Zbynek Michalek

Klas Dahlbeck - Alex Grant 

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Injured: Martin Hanzal (upper body), Anders Lindback (Achillies), Eric Selleck (upper body), Michael Stone (knee), Joe Vitale (head)

Scratches: Nicklas Grossman, Sergei Plotnikov, Jiri Sekac

Status report: Stone underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his knee. Tippett said Stone, who had a career-high 36 points in 75 games, would be out a minimum of six months and would likely not be ready for the beginning of the 2016-17 regular season. "There is lots of recovery work there," Tippett said. "If you dial it out, you're into October of next (season). You hope he's available for most of the year."

Who's hot: Ovechkin has 14 points in 11 career games against Arizona. … The Coyotes, who won 22 home games in 2011-12, are 21-15-4 at Gila River Arena this season.

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