The Washington Capitals made their way back to the DMV late last night following their 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. The first round series is now tied at two games apiece, with Game 5 set for Saturday night at Capital One Arena. The team held their off-day practice at 12:30 PM on Friday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Here’s the latest news and notes from the day.
- Capitals coach Todd Reirden said T.J. Oshie won’t play in Game 5 vs. Carolina on Saturday and is out indefinitely. Reirden wouldn’t say yet if he’s out for rest of playoffs, but expects to know more in next 24-48 hours. Oshie is seeing the doctors today. More on Oshie injury can be found here.
- According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele will not be suspended for his hit on Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie with 5:08 left in Game 4. More here.
- The Capitals recalled Devante Smith-Pelly from Hershey, and returned Vitek Vanecek to the Bears on Friday. Smith-Pelly’s recall is in direct to response to T.J. Oshie’s injury. More on this can be found here.
Reirden said Smith-Pelly will be in the lineup right away.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 19, 2019
The Capitals changed their previously scheduled full-practice to an “optional” practice. Among those in attendance: Nic Dowd, Andre Burakovsky, Travis Boyd, Christian Djoos, Jonas Siegenthaler, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana, Dmitrij Jaskin, Braden Holtby & Pheonix Copley.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 19, 2019
FROM THE OTHER SIDE
On Andrei Svechnikov playing Saturday in D.C., #Canes head coach Rod Brind’Amour says, “I doubt it.” Brind’Amour also added, “We’ve got a little rivalry going here, and that’s good.”
- Washington is 18-23 in Game 5s, 13-13 at home and 8-10 when tied at 2-2. They have won 4 straight Game 5s at home, dating back to the 2017 Leafs series.
- Washington has won five straight Game 5s at Capital One Arena when the series is tied 2-2.
- The Capitals do not have an even strength (5-on-5) goal in the last two games.
- Alex Ovechkin scored a power play goal in Game 4, marking his second goal of the playoffs and the 63rdplayoff goal of his career. With that goal, Ovechkin tied Evgeni Malkin for the 26th most playoff goals in NHL history, and with his 23rd career playoff goal, tied Joe Nieuwendyk and Brian Bellows for the 24th most power play goals in NHL history.
- Game Notes for Game 5 are here.
DOWN ON THE FARM
- The Hershey Bears begin their post season tonight when they visit the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport. Series preview is here.
- Todd Reirden talks with the media after Friday’s practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex
- The loss of T.J. Oshie will test the Capitals’ depth even further. (WaPo)
- Oshie is out, Smith-Pelly is in for Game 5: What that means for the Caps’ offense
- Alex Ovechkin claims he’s never suffered a hangover in his life. (Bar Down)
- Caps lose series lead and T.J. Oshie in Game 4, they weather Canes’ forecheck but can’t generate 5v5 offense. (Mike Vogel)