It is looking like Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny, who is still recovering from hamstring surgery that took place on April 2, will return to the lineup “next week,” according to head coach Todd Reirden. Reirden doesn’t expect Kempny to play when the Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington) in their home opener on Saturday. Defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler will take Kempny’s spot in the lineup once again on Friday night when the Capitals visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum/NYCB Live (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz would not reveal his starting netminder for their home opener against his former team. Both Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov entered the team’s morning skate at the same time.
Capitals’ Lines at Islanders
Expected Caps lineup at Isles:
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NHL News Bites
- The St. Louis Blues announced they have signed center Brayden Schenn to an eight-year contract extension that carries a cap hit of $6.5 million
- Hurricanes defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk, who is on injured reserve while recovering from shoulder surgery in May, skated with the team for the first time on Friday
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Todd Reirden’s Pregame Presser
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By Harrison Brown