Pheonix Copley Gets The Start Against His Former Team; Andre Burakovsky, Madison Bowey Draw Back Into Lineup

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Goaltender Pheonix Copley, who is 10-2-3 with a save percentage of .916, a goals-against average of 2.56, and one shutout this season, will start against his former team for the first time when the Washington Capitals host the St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena at 7 PM tonight (can be seen on NBC Sports Washington). 

Copley was sent to St. Louis in the trade that sent forward T.J. Oshie to Washington on July 2, 2015, and was re-acquired by the Capitals in the trade that brought defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the nation’s capital on February 27, 2017. In two career games for the Blues, Copley went 0-1-0 with a save percentage of .831 and a goals-against average of 3.78. He made 42 saves in a 4-0 shutout over the Blues in the preseason back on September 25. Goaltender Braden Holtby will start at the Nashville Predators (8 PM on NBC Sports Washington) tomorrow night.

Forward Andre Burakovsky, who has been a healthy scratch for the past two games, and defenseman Madison Bowey, who has also been a healthy scratch for the past five games, will each draw back into the lineup against the Blues tonight. Center Nic Dowd and defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler will each draw out of the lineup in favor of Burakovsky and Bowey, respectively.

After getting a maintenance day yesterday due to an upper-body injury, center Lars Eller was on the ice this morning.

Goaltender Jordan Birmingham will likely play backup tonight for the Blues. He and Copley got into a fight last season when Binnington was with the Providence Bruins.

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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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