Capitals Practice News Roundup: John Carlson Skates, Evgeny Kuznetsov Skips, Plus A Familiar Reunion

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The Washington Capitals practiced at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Saturday in preparations for their game against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. Puck drop from Capital One Arena is slated for 5 PM and will be telecasted on NBC Sports Washington. Here are all of the news from Saturday’s Capitals practice: 

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov missed practice because of family reasons but is expected to suit up against Arizona tomorrow. With Kuznetsov missing, the Capitals used a top line featuring forwards T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, and Nicklas Backstrom, who mainly skated together for most of the Capitals run to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy titles in 2016 and 2017. Capitals head coach Todd Reirden wouldn’t commit to line combinations for tomorrow.

Defenseman John Carlson participated in practice but he told reporters that he wasn’t sure whether or not he will be available​ against the Coyotes. Reirden said that he will see how he feels tomorrow before deciding on his status but was hopeful he will be good to go by gametime.

The Capitals spent a lot of time on the penalty kill after surrendering both goals on the penalty kill in the team’s 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.

Even with Carlson back, Reirden mixed up his defensive pairs:

After practice, the team held their annual “Hockey Fights Cancer” Skate. The team had their annual “Hockey Fights Cancer” night against the Blue Jackets last night.

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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 watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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One Response to Capitals Practice News Roundup: John Carlson Skates, Evgeny Kuznetsov Skips, Plus A Familiar Reunion

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