Capitals Lineup for Game 2, Jakub Vrana Scratched

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The Washington Capitals held a morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Sunday morning prior to Game 2 tonight. As the team took line rushes at the beginning of the skate, we got an indication on what the lineup would look like. Here are the lines and the scratches for tonight’s game

CAPS LINES

Forwards
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson
Burakovsky-Backstrom-Oshie
Connolly-Eller-Smith Pelly
Stephenson-Beagle-Chiasson
Defense
Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Jerabek

Scratches: Jakub Vrana (F), Shane Gersich (F), Travis Boyd (F), Christian Djoos (D), Madison Bowey (D)

Looks like Jay Beagle will finally be good to play. He missed the last three Capitals regular season games as well as Game 1 with an upper-body injury. Here he is taking face-offs with T.J. Oshie.

Barry Trotz confirmed that Beagle and Michal Kempny will play in Game 2 which is no surprise considering both looked very good in Saturday’s practice. As for Jakub Vrana, who only played 6:58 in Game 1 despite having a great assist on Devante Smith-Pelly’s third period goal, he’ll be a healthy scratch tonight. Here he is taking the scratches skate.

Puck drop for tonight’s game is at 7:30 p.m. and you can catch the game nationally on NBC Sports Network or locally on NBC Sports Washington

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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10 Responses to Capitals Lineup for Game 2, Jakub Vrana Scratched

  1. Jon, WTF?????????????????????

    VRANA SCRATCHED??????? (and HEALTHY???????)

    What the f*ck did he do wrong????

    And (as always) why the f*ck is it that NOBODY in the local Caps media pool takes His Royal Baldness to task not just for sitting Jakub down for Game Two when we clearly need his speed and skill to help back opponents off, but also for playing him less than 7 minutes in Game One to begin with???

    Seething (but not overly surprised),

    Clifford

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    • David says:

      I’ve settled down on the 7 minutes in game one just because of all of the special teams time, but game two Vrana scratch is hard to swallow.

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  4. Tyler says:

    Don’t understand how Vrana and Gersich are scratches. Did we not learn from the pens? A blend of youth and speed mixed with veterans and leadership is how other teams see round 3.

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    • Apparently not. While it can probably be argued that, overall, Barry Trotz is the best coach we’ve ever had, from the looks of things he doesn’t retain or learn past lessons very well-at least not where young players, PT and line combos are concerned. He seems to coach strictly for the moment with little or no consideration given to the team’s long term success.

      In this case I’d love to be eating my words a few weeks from now, because that mean that we will have managed to win despite Coach Trotz’ approach. But the catch-22 of it all is that if we DO make it to the finals, then in Barry’s mind (and GMBM’s) that would vindicate Trotz’ and his methods–pretty much guaranteeing that Vrana, Gersich, Connolly and Boyd, et al, will never get the PT that their talent suggests they deserve unless someone ahead of them gets injured, traded or leaves via free agency…

      Disgusted,

      Clifford

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