Washington Capitals New and Notes: Mr. Smith-Pelly Returns To Washington; Oshie Meeting With Doctors On Friday

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.


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.


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.”

The Hurricanes recalled forward Aleksi Saarela from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis and reassigned defenseman Jake Bean to Charlotte.


  • 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.


  • The Hershey Bears begin their post season tonight when they visit the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport. Series preview is here.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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