News and Notes from Saturday’s Morning Skate at Kettler: Jakub Jerabek Joins His New Team

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The Capitals look to turn things around at Capital One Arena on Saturday night after two tough losses. Barry Trotz has pushed a few different buttons as to what he’ll go with in the lineup at today’s morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Tonight they’ll take on the Buffalo Sabres, the team they defeated on Monday afternoon on the road before the two game slide began

THE MORNING LINES
There was a different look in the Capitals lines this morning:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson
Connolly-Kuznetsov-Oshie
Stephenson-Eller-Burakovsky
Chiasson-Beagle-Smith-Pelly
Defense
Djoos-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Kempny
Starting goalie: Philipp Grubauer

Scratches: Jakub Vrana (F), Jakub Jerabek (D) and Madison Bowey (D)

NEWS
Jakub Jerabek, who was acquired on Wednesday from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2019 draft, joined his new Capitals teammates for the first time on Saturday morning. Jerabek won’t play tonight but will likely get some time on Monday night when the Capitals take on the Blue Jackets on the road.

Madison Bowey, as of now, is still with the Capitals. He was on the ice for the morning skate. There were no changes to the defensive pairs.

On the forwards side, Jakub Vrana will sit out for the fourth time in the last 13 games. Brett Connolly moves from the third line to the second line. Chandler Stephenson moved from the fourth line to the third line and Alex Chiasson moves to the fourth line.

Philipp Grubauer will get the nod in net tonight. Grubauer got the start on Monday afternoon the last time these two teams met and was stellar. He stopped 32-of-34 shots for a .941 save percentage. Grubauer carries a 6-7-3 record on the season but has won his last two starts. In his carrier against the Sabres, Grubauer is 3-1-2 with a 1.34 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage.

According to Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, starting Grubauer had nothing to do with Braden Holtby’s recent play. It was just planned. It looks like Holtby could likely start Monday night in Columbus.

“It was planned and he’s (Grubauer’s) been playing good. He’s been playing well, why wouldn’t I use him. Braden (Holtby) played well last game,” said Trotz

GAME NOTES

CAPS RED LINE

CAPS TODAY

RINKSIDE UPDATE: Brett Connolly

SHAVINGS

  • Tonight Alex Ovechkin will tie Calle Johansson for most games played in Capitals franchise history with 983. (Tarik El-Bashir/NBC Sports Washington)
  • Nicklas Backstrom needs one more assist to pass Shane Down and Frank Mahovlich to rank 100th all-time in NHL history.
  • The Capitals are 54-83-15-5 all-time against the Sabres including 8-3-0 in their last 11 meetings.
  • In his last 12 games, dating back to Jan. 25 against the Florida Panthers, Andre Burakovsky has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists), five of which are at even strength. This stretch is tied with Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson for the fifth-most on the team.
  • Michal Kempny made his Capitals debut on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers, recording 14:15 minutes of ice time and a shot. Kempny’s 60.61 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (20 shot attempts for, 13 against) leads all Capitals defensemen.
  • The Capitals have earned a point in 25 of their last 32 games against the Sabres (21-7-4).
  • Alex Ovechkin has earned 44 points (28 goals, 16 assists) in 44 career games against the Sabres and has earned 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) in his last 12 games against Buffalo.
  • Nicklas Backstrom has recorded 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 36 career games against the Sabres.

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By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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3 Responses to News and Notes from Saturday’s Morning Skate at Kettler: Jakub Jerabek Joins His New Team

  1. Anonymous says:

    Anyone think this is a good idea – Hoffman and Oduya for Grubbie and Djoos plus a pick?
    Florida beating Pens 5-3 in the 3rd… nice to see

    Like

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