Christian Djoos Practices In No-Contact Jersey; Capitals To Make Decision on When Alex Ovechkin Will Serve Suspension Wednesday

Defenseman Christian Djoos, who has missed the past 18 games after undergoing thigh surgery on December 14, practiced with his teammates for the first time but wore a light blue no-contact jersey at the Washington Capitals‘ morning skate prior to their game against the San Jose Sharks at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night (7 PM; can be found on NBC Sports Washington). More news from today’s pregame skate can be found below: 

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden stated that the team has yet to make a decision on which game captain Alex Ovechkin will serve his suspension for skipping 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose this upcoming weekend to take full advantage of the team’s bye week​. He will either serve the suspension at the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow or vs. the Calgary Flames on February 1, the Capitals’ first game after the bye​ wee​k. Reirden said the team will make a decision on that prior to tomorrow’s game at the Maple Leafs. Even if he doesn’t play in Toronto on Wednesday, he will travel with the Capitals.

Reirden hinted that there’s a possibility that goaltender Braden Holtby could start both games on the back-to-back against the Sharks and Maple Leafs.

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov bumped back up to the second-line center spot while center Lars Eller returned in his normal spot, centering the third-line.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik will play against the Sharks tonight after taking a maintenance day on Monday.

Forward Devante Smith-Pelly, center Nic Dowd, and defenseman Madison Bowey will be the scratches for the Capitals against San Jose tonight.

The Sharks did not hold a morning skate as they are playing the second game of a back-to-back against the Capitals after falling to the Florida Panthers 6-2 on Monday 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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