Capitals Morning Skate News Roundup: Kuznetsov Back In The Lineup And Prep For the Devils


The Washington Capitals held a morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex prior to their game against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Capital One Arena. Action from 7th and F can be seen on NBC Sports Washington+ starting at 7 PM. Here are all of the news from the team’s morning skate: 

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov skated in line rushes on the second line with forwards Brett Connolly and Jakub Vrana and will suit up against the Devils tonight after missing six games with a concussion.

Captain Alex Ovechkin, forward Devante Smith-Pelly, and defenseman Michal Kempny will play tonight after missing practice yesterday due to maintenance days.

Goaltender Braden Holtby will start against the Devils.

Forward T.J. Oshie went on the ice before the morning skate but was not in gear and did not participate in the morning skate. He will miss his eighth straight game with a possible concussion.

On the other side, forward Michael McLeod, the 12th overall draft pick in 2016, will make his NHL debut tonight. He has three goals, 10 points, and a +3 rating in 21 games with the AHL’s Birmingham Devils this season. He goes in for forward Stefan Noesen. Defenseman Mirco Mueller will also step in for Egor Yakovlev for the Devils tonight.

Forward Keith Kinkaid will start for the Devils against the Capitals.

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-During the team’s six-game streak, 10 different players have recorded a goal and all 18 skaters that have played at least two games have recorded a point

-The Capitals have earned a point in 11 of their last 12 games against the Devils (9-1-2)

-Center Nic Dowd is currently on a three-game point streak (two goals, three points)  and a two-game goal streak

-Since forward Tom Wilson‘s season debut on Nov. 13, the Capitals have killed 24 of the 27 penalties they’ve faced (88.9%), a 17.2% increase than their previous 16 games (43 kills out of 60 opportunities). That’s the second-highest kill rate during that span (Carolina Hurricanes: 93.35%

-Wilson scored two goals and added an assist against the New York Islanders on Monday, marking his fourth-straight game with a goal and sixth-straight game with a point, both the longest goal and point steaks of his career and the longest goal streak by a Capital this season

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