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Goalie nods: Caps turn to Grubauer, Raanta starts seventh straight

Dec 23, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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News and notes from the crease…

Washington goes back to Grubauer

The Capitals will start Philipp Grubauer once again on Monday night when they host the Ducks at Verizon.

Grubauer, who stopped 39 of 41 shots in a win over Carolina on Friday, has been excellent since his recall from AHL Hershey, posting a 4-0-1 record with a 2.05 GAA and .940 save percentage. He gets the nod tonight over Braden Holtby, who allowed five goals in an overtime loss to New Jersey on Saturday.

Grubauer will go up against Jonas Hiller in the Anaheim goal tonight.

Chicago rides Raanta

The Blackhawks will give Antti Raanta his seventh straight start since the Corey Crawford injury tonight against the Devils. Raanta, who stopped 22 of 24 shots in a shootout loss to Vancouver on Friday, has played very well since his recall from AHL Rockford, going 7-1-2 with a 2.22 GAA and .920 save percentage in Chicago.

Raanta will take on Cory Schneider tonight.

Elsewhere…

Coyotes at Sabres: No word on Phoenix’s starter yet; Buffalo will go with Ryan Miller.

Maple Leafs at Rangers: Jonathan Bernier is probable, but not confirmed for the Leafs. Cam Talbot will start for the Rangers, which you can read more about here.

Blue Jackets at Hurricanes: Curtis McElhinney for Columbus; Justin Peters is likely for Carolina.

Wild at Flyers: Niklas Backstrom vs. Steve Mason

Lightning at Panthers: Ben Bishop vs. Scott Clemmensen

Islanders at Red Wings: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Jonas Gustavsson

Penguins at Senators: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Craig Anderson

Bruins at Predators: Carter Hutton goes for Nashville; Boston has yet to announce its starter.

Blues at Flames: Jaroslav Halak vs. Reto Berra

Jets at Oilers: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Ilya Bryzgalov

Stars at Kings: No confirmations either way yet; Kari Lehtonen vs. Martin Jones is likely.

Avalanche at Sharks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Antti Niemi

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