Capitals’ Morning Skate News Roundup: Top-Line Stevie

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The Washington Capitals held a morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena tonight. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Washington or NHL Network for those outside the DMV. Here are all of the news from the Capitals’ morning skate: 

After their dreadful 6-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Newark on Thursday night, Capitals’ head coach Todd Reirden swapped forwards Chandler Stephenson and Brett Connolly in the lineup. Stephenson was skating on the top line with forward Alex Ovechkin and center Evgeny Kuznetsov, where he was when the Capitals eliminated the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Capitals’ 2-1 Game 6 victory of the second-round series on May 7. Connolly skated in a very familiar spot, next to center Lars Eller and forward Andre Burakovsky on the third line.

Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson‘s appeal hearing will be held on Thursday. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, commissioner Gary Bettman will hear the first appeal before it can go to a neutral arbitrator. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety suspended Wilson for 20 games on October 3 for an illegal check to the head in the Capitals’ final preseason game.

The two best goal-scorers of the past three seasons will go head-to-head tonight.

For those going to the game tonight, keep an eye out on road closures due to the Snallygaster Festival in Washington.

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By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was seeing T.J. Oshie's hat-trick​ during Game 1 of the Caps' second round playoff series against Pittsburgh in 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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