CAPITALS (9-4-1) at BLUE JACKETS (7-4-2)
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Capitals team scope
Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer will make his second consecutive start for the Washington Capitals, meaning Braden Holtby will play against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV). Grubauer made 33 saves in a 5-1 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. "The No. 1 thing for me is we left him on an island in Carolina and no teammate deserves that," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's going back in and hopefully they'll surround him and surround the island." Trotz shuffled the lines from the Carolina game with Alex Ovechkin reunited with Jay Beagle among the changes. "It's a wakeup. We know it," Beagle said. "The players know before anyone else when your games are not as tight or as good as you want it to be. I love playing with Alex. Who wouldn't, obviously? It's a matter of trying to get him the puck and creating space for him out there." The Capitals are 8-2-1 when scoring first.
Blue Jackets team scope
The Columbus Blue Jackets have won five straight at home, one shy of tying their record from Dec. 26, 2007 to Jan. 15, 2008, and March 24 to April 10, 2015. They have outscored visitors 21-6 in the past three games at Nationwide Arena. "Scoring 21 goals in three games is pretty impressive," Capitals forward Justin Williams said. "But it wasn't against us." One of the reasons for Columbus' success is the NHL's best power play, which is converting at 33.3 percent. It's been particularly lethal at home, going 10 of 19 (52.6 percent). The penalty kill fell from first in the League to 13th (83.3 percent) after the St. Louis Blues scored on four of five chances on Saturday. Columbus is 7-2-2 when scoring first and has the first goal in seven straight games. In their past three home games the Blue Jackets have scored early in the first period: Cam Atkinson at 10:56 against the Montreal Canadiens; Boone Jenner at 1:23 against the Anaheim Ducks and Sam Gagner at 2:34 against the Blues. Coach John Tortorella has cancelled morning skates for the remaining five home games in November, although players may come in on their own.
Capitals projected lineup
Marcus Johansson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin -- Jay Beagle -- Andre Burakovsky
Zach Sanford -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams
Daniel Winnik -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner -- Matt Niskanen
Dmitri Orlov -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Taylor Chorney
Scratched: Brett Connolly, Nate Schmidt
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski -- David Savard
Ryan Murray -- Jack Johnson
Markus Nutivaara -- Dalton Prout
Scratched: Scott Harrington
Injured: David Clarkson (back), Seth Jones (foot)
Chorney was a healthy scratch the first 13 games but played 13:31 in his debut at the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and will be in the lineup for Schmidt. "He played well in Chicago," Trotz said of Chorney. "I didn't have any issues. He managed his minutes well. He managed the puck well. He managed his assignment well." … No lineup changes are expected for the Blue Jackets.
Carlson has five assists in his past five games. … Johansson is tied for fourth in the League in road points (7 goals, 3 assists) and has a point in six of the Capitals' eight road games. … Gagner has six goals and seven points in his past seven games. Hartnell has four goals and 10 points in his past 12 games.