News and Notes From Capitals Gameday Morning Skate

Finally! After starting the season with back-to-back games, the Capitals have sat idle for a good part of a week, having five full days to sit and contemplate who exactly makes up the NHL schedule, and if they have a drinking problem.

The Capitals return to action tonight when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is 8:00 PM (Game preview here). Here are the news and notes from this mornings game-day skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

Morning Lines:
Newly acquired forward Dmitrij Jaskin and defenseman Michal Kempny will make their 2018-2019 season debut tonight against Vegas. Jaskin will take left wing on the fourth line, and Kempny will rejoin John Carlson on the top defensive pairing. Nathan Walker and Madison Bowey look to be the scratches. Here are your lines and pairs for tonight’s Stanley Cup Final rematch:

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Connolly
Vrana-Backstrom-Oshie
Burakovsky-Eller-Stephenson
Jaskin-Dowd-DSP

Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Djoos

Tom Wilson Update
Per TSN’s BobMcKenzie, Tom Wilson’s hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to be next week. The process isn’t necessarily over with Bettman’s ruling. Wilson could then choose to appeal to a neutral arbitrator.

Game Notes
Braden Holtby and Marc-Andre Fleury look to get the start tonight. Both have less than sparkling numbers, but Holtby’s numbers are a little more exaggerated, giving up seven goals against the Penguins in the second game of a back-to-back and pitching a shutout in the season opener against Boston.

Special Teams Adjustments:
It looks like Jaskin will also replace Nathan Walker on the penalty kill. The Capitals have a 75% success rate on the PK after two games.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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