News and Notes From Capitals’ Morning Skate – 11/24: Taking On Tampa

The Capitals are getting ready to face the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lead the league with 34 points. The Capitals did not hold a practice yesterday but were back on the ice this morning prior to tonight’s 5:00 puck drop at Capital One Arena. They conclude a four-game homestand against the Bolts and make a quick turnaround, playing the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow night. 

Capitals’ Lineup against the Lightning:


The Capitals recalled Tyler Graovac from AHL Hershey. He played three games with the Capitals before getting hurt on October 17 against the Maple Leafs. Graovac, who was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild prior to the expansion draft, had no points and was a -1 in the three games he played in. He will not be in the lineup against the Lightning. The Capitals also placed defenseman Christian Djoos on injured reserve.

Jakub Vrana will be back on the team’s second power-play unit. He scored two goals against the Ottawa Senators in the Capitals’ 5-2 win on Wednesday.

Philipp Grubauer will get the start against Tampa Bay. He made 36 saves in Washington’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Bolts on October 9. He is still searching for his first win, going into this contest 0-5-1 with an .876 save percentage and a 3.86 goals against average. Lifetime against Tampa Bay, Grubauer is 3-0-1 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average in four career outings.

Djoos, who has a concussion, as well as forward Andre Burakovsky, who has been out since October 21 with a broken hand, skated a few days ago.

The Capitals’ annual canine calendar will be available during tonight’s game.


The Other Side:

The Lightning recalled forward Cory Conacher up from AHL Syracuse. He scored a goal and 4 points in 11 games with Tampa Bay last season. They have won six of their past seven games, most recently winning 3-2 in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime on Wednesday after trailing 2-0.

Steven Stamkos has 4 goals and 12 points in his past 7 games.

Skate Shavings:

-Tonight will be the second of three meetings between the Capitals and Lightning this season. They will meet again on February 20 at Capital One Arena for the final meeting between the two teams.

-Alex Ovechkin has 41 goals and 83 points in 64 career outings against Tampa Bay, the second most points he has against a single NHL franchise (88 vs. Atlanta/Winnipeg)

-The Capitals have won four straight home games against Tampa Bay, outscoring them 17-7 in that span

-Nicklas Backstrom has 44 assists lifetime against the Lightning, the most he’s had against a single NHL franchise; he celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday

-Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 6th goal and 3rd on the power play on Wednesday vs Ottawa; he leads the Capitals with 20 assists and 26 points this season

-The Capitals have gotten a point in their past nine games against the Lightning, going 7-0-2 in that span. They have not lost to the Lightning in regulation since November 1, 2014

-T.J. Oshie has 12 goals and 22 points with a +15 rating in 15 career games against Tampa Bay

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1 Response to News and Notes From Capitals’ Morning Skate – 11/24: Taking On Tampa

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Conacher making to the NHL (originally back in 2013) is an inspirational story even though he couldn’t keep it up. He’s a small player who was born with his bladder outside his body so they needed to do surgery to reconstruct his pelvis and get his bladder back inside. And then he developed juvenile diabetes when he was about 7. He graduated from college and was soon part of the Norfolk Admirals team that had cleaned up and won the Calder Cup in 2012. He was actually their best player.

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