The Caps (4-5-1) held Saturday’s morning skate at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Puck drop for tonight’s tilt with the Oilers (3-5-1) is 10:00PM.
Brett Connolly did not participate in the team’s practice this morning. It’s likely he is done for the remainder of the western Canada road trip. Connolly suffered an “upper body injury” in the Caps previous game in Vancouver, and underwent concussion protocol testing following the game.
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THE MORNING LINES
The Capitals lines continue to change, mostly in response to the string of injuries that has besieged the team. This morning, Devante Smith-Pelly was moved up to the second line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov. Alex Chiasson, who was on the Russian line in the last game, was moved down to the 4th,line.
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Chandler Stephenson, who scored his first NHL goal in Vancouver, replaces Connolly on Eller’s line. Jakub Vrana returns to the top-six. The Capitals defensive pairings remained the same: Djoos-Carlson, Orpik-Bowey, Orlov-Chorney. Braden Holtby will get the start tonight in goal for the Capitals.
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Alex Ovechkin met with the media following the Capitals morning skate. He was asked by Washington media about giving his hat and jacket to a homeless man yesterday on the streets of Edmonton.
FROM THE OTHER SIDE
The Oilers projected lines for Saturday night include the return of Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl was injured Oct. 14 against the Jets and sat out practice for a week before going on IR. He came off of IR on Tuesday in time to face the Penguins.
Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl
Lucic – RNH – Strome
Caggiula – Latest – Kassian
Jokinen – Khaira – Slepyshev
- Washington posted a 1-1-0 record against Edmonton last season. The Capitals are 36-29-6-1 all-time against the Oilers and 5-2-1 over the last eight meetings.
- In 14 career games against Edmonton, Alex Ovechkin has lit them up to the tune of 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points.
- With his assist on Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s goal against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 26, John Carlson passed Sylvain Cote for seventh all-time on the defensemen scorers list in franchise history (Carlson: 271 points, 62g, 209a)
- The Capitals have lost 4 of their last 5 games and outscored 23-9 in that stretch.