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Capitals can clinch Presidents' Trophy against Blues

Washington, without Oshie, needs one point to finish with League's best record

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie won't play against his former team, the St. Louis Blues for the first time since being traded on July 2, 2015.

Washington acquired Oshie in exchange for Troy Brouwer, goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in July.

Oshie missed his first game of the season because of the flu on Friday, a 1-0 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils.

The Capitals would win the Presidents' Trophy if they get at least a point or if the Dallas Stars lose to the San Jose Sharks or defeat the Sharks in a shootout.

Jake Allen will start for the Blues, his first start in four games. Philipp Grubauer starts for Washington.

Here are the projected lineups:


Jaden Schwartz - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Tarasenko

Robby Fabbri - Paul Stastny - Troy Brouwer

Dmitrij Jaskin - Patrik Berglund - David Backes

Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves

Kevin Shattenkirk - Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko

Joel Edmundson - Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Brian Elliott

Injured: Alexander Steen (upper body), Steve Ott (hamstrings), Jay Bouwmeester (upper body)

Scratched: Magnus Paajarvi, Anders Nilsson, Petteri Lindbohm


Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Justin Williams

Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Andre Burakovsky

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Stanislav Galiev - Mike Richards - Daniel Winnik

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov - Brooks Orpik

Nate Schmidt - John Carlson

Philipp Grubauer

Braden Holtby

Injured: None

Scratched: Michael Latta, Mike Weber, Taylor Chorney, T.J. Oshie

Status report: Allen will start in goal for the Blues. Brian Elliott has a shutout in each of his past three starts.

Who's hot: Ovechkin has 21 points in his past 23 games. … Brouwer has four points in three games.

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