Nic Dowd, Dmitrij Jaskin Get Back In The Lineup in St. Louis; Vladimir Tarasenko Game-Time Decision For Blues

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The Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues clash for the first time this season at Enterprise Center in the first game of the Capitals’ three-game road trip. Action from St. Louis can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 8 PM Eastern. 

Capitals

Center Nic Dowd will replace center Travis Boyd and Dmitrij Jaskin will suit up against his former team in favor of forward Devante Smith-Pelly in the lineup tonight.

Goaltender Braden Holtby, who is 15-9-2 with a save percentage of .914, a goals-against average of 2.61, and two shutouts this season, will start against the Blues on Thursday night, meaning that Pheonix Copley will get the Dallas Stars tomorrow night. Holtby, 29, is 7-0-0 with a save percentage of .934 and a goals-against average of 1.99 in his career against St. Louis.

Defenseman Matt Niskanen will return to the lineup against the Blues after missing the past two games with an upper-body injury.

Defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler will step back into the lineup while Brooks Orpik will be a healthy scratch. Seigenthaler will play with to Madison Bowey on the third-pairing.

Holtby spoke to the media for the first time since he got selected into the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose yesterday afternoon, which he was surprised about. He thought center Nicklas Backstrom, who is the Capitals’ candidate for the final spot on the Metropolitan Division. Holtby told the media that he and defenseman John Carlson will both go to San Jose after captain Alex Ovechkin backed down from the captaincy of the Metro Division team for the All-Star Game.

Capitals forward Tom Wilson told St. Louis Today that he would apologize to Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist for giving him a concussion in the Capitals’ preseason game against the Blues on September 30, something he has been meaning to do but has not done yet. But Sundqvist said after the Blues’ morning skate that if the two talk during the game, he won’t be the one to start the conversation.

Blues

Head coach Craig Berube told reporters that star forward Vladimir Tarasenko is feeling ill and will be a game-time decision. The Blues recalled former Capitals forward Zach Sanford from the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage this morning but he will not play even if he gets in the building prior to puck drop. Forward Alexander Steen skated in Tarasenko’s spot on a line with center Ryan O’Reilly and forward David Perron.

The Blues will dress seven defensemen regardless of whether Tarasenko will play against the Capitals. Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, who was activated off of injured reserve this morning, will return to the lineup after missing the last 20 games with an upper-body injury.

Goaltender Jake Allen, who is 13-12-4 with a save percentage of .900, a goals-against average of 3.07, and one shutout this season, has appeared in 31 of the Blues’ 37 games this season and will start against the Capitals on Thursday.  In three career appearances against the Capitals, the 28-year old netminder is 1-2-0 with a save percentage of .907, a goals-against average of 2.92, and one shutout.

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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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2 Responses to Nic Dowd, Dmitrij Jaskin Get Back In The Lineup in St. Louis; Vladimir Tarasenko Game-Time Decision For Blues

  1. Anonymous says:

    HOw important is the 4th line?

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  2. Diane Doyle says:

    I figure Tarasenko must have caught a bug from either his stepson or his son. And funny thing on the Blues goalies, my sister had a HS friend named Allen Fitzpatrick (and he was in my senior year math class). Both my sister and I are FB friends of his.

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