Maple Leafs at Capitals Pregame Notebook: Michal Kempny Not Ready To Return Yet; Ilya Samsonov Starts

Defenseman Michal Kempny will not return when the Washington Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington) on Wednesday night. Head coach Todd Reirden told the media on Tuesday that he would likely be held out against the Maple Leafs for precautionary reasons but said on Wednesday that he will likely return on Friday when the Capitals host the New York Rangers or Sunday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Capitals will ice a new lineup against the Maple Leafs but no changes were made from yesterday. Defenseman Radko Gudas will get a chance to play on the top-four, while Nick Jensen will slide down next to Jonas Seigenthaler on the third defense pairing.

As reported earlier this morning, goaltender Ilya Samsonov will be between the pipes against the Maple Leafs. Reirden told the media that there is no goalie controversy and that starter Braden Holtby is taking some time to regroup but remains No. 1 on the depth chart.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Maple Leafs

NHL News

  • The New Jersey Devils announced on Wednesday that assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald will join head coach John Hynes’ staff for the day and serve as an assistant coach capacity
  • Former Detroit Red Wings and Hershey Bears defenseman Ryan Sproul signed a one-year contract with the KHL’s Chinese Kunlun Red Star
  • New York Rangers forward prospect Vitali Kravtsov is considering a return to the KHL


  • Game notes are here.
  • The Capitals are 74-57-10-6 all-time against the Maple Leafs and 8-2-0 in their last 10 home games.
  • John Carlson, who has 19 points (2g, 17a) in 29 career games against Toronto, has led the Capitals in ice time in every game this season. Additionally, Carlson ranks fourth in the NHL in average TOI per game (25:45), averaging 2:30 minutes more per game than his cumulative average prior to this season.
  • With 414 career points, Carlson is the fifth defenseman in franchise history to reach the 400-point milestone, joining Calle Johansson (474), Scott Stevens (429), Kevin Hatcher (426) and Sergei Gonchar (416).

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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2 Responses to Maple Leafs at Capitals Pregame Notebook: Michal Kempny Not Ready To Return Yet; Ilya Samsonov Starts

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    “Reirden told the media that there is no goalie controversy …”

    BALONEY! There’s a controversy alright. Your “Number One” is dreadful awful and everybody knows it. Plus at least four Caps position players were TOTALLY out to lunch vs. Colorado. I’d say the Caps have a Head Coach Controversy

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