Capitals’ Morning Skate News Roundup: Matt Niskanen Out Day-To-Day

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The Washington Capitals skated at Canadian Tire Centre this morning prior to their game against the Ottawa Senators in Kanata, Ontario. Action from the Canadian capital city will be at 7 PM Eastern and can be seen on NBC Sports Washington+. Here are all of the news leading up to puck drop: 

Defenseman Matt Niskanen skated this morning but exited the morning skate early, indicating he will not face the Senators tonight. He landed face first into the boards after a hit by Carolina Hurricanes center Clark Bishop late in the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday. Defenseman Tyler Lewington will draw into the lineup and will play on the third-pairing with Jonas Seigenthaler and Madison Bowey will take Niskanen’s spot next to Dmitry Orlov. Forward Andre Burakovsky took his spot on the second power-play unit.

Goaltender Pheonix Copley, who posted 35 saves for the first shutout of his NHL in last Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Senators, will start in Ottawa again tonight. In his last five starts, the 26-year old is 5-0-0 with a 2.57 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Additionally, Copley is 8-1-0 in his last 10 appearances.

From The Other Side

Defenseman Thomas Chabot will miss tonight’s game due to an upper-body injury suffered against the Islanders after receiving a shoulder-to-shoulder hit from forward Matt Martin. Chabot has 38 points, one point ahead of Capitals defenseman John Carlson for the second-most among NHL defenseman though Carlson, 28, has played in two fewer games and is tied for the NHL lead with San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Reilly with 31 assists.

Goaltender Marcus Hogberg will make his NHL debut against the Capitals on Saturday night. In eight games with the AHL’s Belleville Senators this season, the 24-year old is 3-3-1 with a save percentage of .916 and a goals-against average of 2.32.

Capitals Lines at Senators

Senators Lines vs. Capitals (per

Brady Tkachuk — Colin White — Mark Stone

Zack Smith — Matt Duchene — Ryan Dzingel

Mikkel Boedker — Chris Tierney — Bobby Ryan

Nick Paul — Tom Pyatt

Ben Harpur — Dylan DeMelo

Maxime Lajoie — Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki — Christian Wolanin

Marcus Hogberg

Mike McKenna


-Carlson recorded a goal and an assist on Thursday against the Hurricanes, his 13th multi-point game of the season, which leads the Capitals and is tied for 13th in the NHL; no defenseman in the league has more multi-point games

-in December, the Capitals have trailed for 114:39 cumulative minutes, the second fewest minutes during that span (Columbus Blue Jackets: 112:58)

-Captain Alex Ovechkin leads all players in points (117) and goals (69) during the 2018 calendar year; his 69 goals are 15 more than Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine, who ranks second in goals in 2018; Ovechkin needs a goal to become the first player in the NHL this season to hit the 30-goal plateau

-The Capitals have won nine of their last 10 games against the Senators

-Ovechkin has earned 45 points (27 goals) in 44 career games against the Senators

-the Capitals haven’t allowed a goal in the first period in four straight games, the longest stretch they’ve had this season

-the team has scored at least one goal in the second period in seven straight games (12 goals); their 54 goals in the second period rank second in the NHL

-Carlson and defenseman Michal Kempny have primarily skated together this season (392:04 total minutes at five-on-five); at five- on-five, the pair has produced 416 on-ice shot attempts while allowing 377 (52.46 shot attempt percentage)

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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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