News and Notes from Thursday’s Gameday Morning Skate: Will Christian Djoos Play Tonight?

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It’s been five days since the Capitals last played a game. Tonight they’ll begin a season-long five-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings. After a few days of roster moves, the big question entering tonight’s tilt is whether or not Christian Djoos will return to the lineup. The team held a morning skate at Kettler on Thursday and we all found out his status. Plus, another player has been placed on waivers


Starting goalie: Braden Holtby

Brett Connolly is scratched in favor of Tyler Graovac on the third line for the second straight game. Chrisitian Djoos was rotating with Madison Bowey alongside Taylor Chorney during the skate. Trotz confirmed before anybody asked that Djoos will play tonight after missing the last six games with an upper-body injury.

Just one day after Aaron Ness cleared waivers to be sent down to Hershey, the Capitals placed Nathan Walker on waivers this morning with the intent of sending him down to Hershey if he clears. Walker has only appeared in one of the Capitals last nine games and just seven all year, while serving much of the season as a healthy scratch. Trotz explained to the media why Walker was waived.



  • Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings between the Capitals and Kings this season.
  • The Capitals are 3-1-1 in their last five home games against the Kings, have earned a point in their last four, and won three straight at home against Los Angeles.
  • Alex Ovechkin recorded a hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 25. That marked his third hat trick of the season and his 20th of his career, passing Peter Bondra for the most career hat tricks in franchise history.
  • Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin were reunited as linemates for the last three games. In that stretch, Ovechkin has five goals with Backstrom recording an assist on four of those five.
  • Backstrom has recorded four assists in his last three games.
  • Per Elias Sports Bureau, the Capitals are 7-1-0 in the month of November and are one home win shy of posting the second-most home wins in a calendar month in team history.
  • Jakub Vrana has recorded four points in his last four games (2 goals, 2 assists), marking the first time he has collected four points in a four game stretch in his career.
  • Dmitry Orlov has recorded three points in his last five games.


By Michael Marzzacco

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3 Responses to News and Notes from Thursday’s Gameday Morning Skate: Will Christian Djoos Play Tonight?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ill never understand why they didnt keep Nate S at 2.2M/yr… Conno should play ahead of Grav and Walker ahead of AC…. I still think Mojo should have been kept rather than Beags and Eller… Looks like a top 6 teams… DSP is 4th line not 3rd.

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