Capitals Make Line Changes Ahead of Thursday’s Tilt vs. Avalanche, Pheonix Copley To Start in Goal

50a6148Defenseman Madison Bowey, center Travis Boyd, and forward Chandler Stephenson will each draw back into the lineup for the Washington Capitals‘ game against the Colorado Avalanche at Capital One Arena on Thursday night (7 PM on NBC Sports Washington). Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler, center Nic Dowd, and forward Dmitrij Jaskin draw out of the lineup. More news from the Capitals’ morning skate can be found below: 

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden told reporters that defenseman Christian Djoos, who has missed the past 23 games after undergoing thigh surgery on December 14, will likely get called up from the AHL’s Hershey Bears before the team’s game on Saturday against the Florida Panthers. He will likely make his return to the lineup then.

Goaltender Pheonix Copley will start against the Avalanche on Thursday night. After going 10-1-2 in a 13-game span, the 26-year old has dropped each of his past three starts in regulation, posting a save percentage of .825 and giving up 14 goals in that span. He made 24 saves in the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime win over Colorado on November 16.

The Other Side

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will start for the Avalanche. Former Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer spoke to reporters about returning to Capital One Arena for the first time since getting traded to Colorado at the draft last summer after the Avalanche’s morning skate.

Capitals Lines vs. Avalanche

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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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