News and Notes From Capitals’ Morning Skate: Desert Storm

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The Washington Capitals begin a back-to-back set and play the middle game of a three-game Western Conference road swing against the Arizona Coyotes Friday night. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Washington+. Here are all of the news and notes for tonight’s cross-conference tilt from Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. 

Capitals’ Lines vs. Coyotes

Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana-Evgeny Kuznetsov-T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky-Lars Eller-Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson-Jay Beagle-Alex Chiasson

Scratched: Devante Smith-Pelly, Nathan Walker

Dmitry Orlov-Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos-John Carlson
Brooks Orpik-Madison Bowey

Scratched: Taylor Chorney

Philipp Grubauer (starter)
Braden Holtby


Philipp Grubauer will start for the Capitals tonight against Arizona. That means Braden Holtby will get the Vegas Golden Knights tomorrow night at T-Mobile Arena.

Taylor Chorney will return to the lineup this evening after being a healthy scratch for the last 10 games. Chorney hasn’t played since Christian Djoos returned from an upper-body injury on November 30 against the Los Angeles Kings. Chorney has a goal, three points, and a +8 rating through 20 games played. Chorney’s +8 rating is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the third best on the team. Madison Bowey will be a healthy scratch against Arizona.

With a win tonight, Barry Trotz can tie Lindy Ruff for fifth place on the all-time coaching wins list with 736 wins.


-The Capitals have not won at Gila River Arena in regulation since January 16, 2006. The Capitals have gone 1-4-1 in that span with their lone win coming in overtime on November 18, 2014.

-Coyote Killers: Alex Ovechkin has 7 goals and 16 points in 15 career games against Arizona; T.J. Oshie has 5 goals and 17 points in 24 career games against Arizona

John Carlson enters Friday night’s contest against Arizona tied third in the NHL in points by defensemen (26) and second in assists (23). Carlson has recorded at least a point in 20 out of 35 games this season (1 goal, 1 assist on 11/6 vs. Arizona)

Philipp Grubauer has a .933 save percentage and a 2.04 goals against average in his last seven games, stopping 159 out of 171 shots against.

-The Capitals’ defensemen have tallied 69 points this season, 54 of which have come in the past 25 games.

Andre Burakovsky scored his first career overtime game-winning goal Tuesday against the Stars. He had two goals and an assist in the win.

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By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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