Michal Kempny To Return To Capitals’ Lineup Against Rangers On Friday, Will Start On The Third Defense Pair

Defenseman Michal Kempny, who has not played since March 20 and underwent hamstring surgery on April 2, will likely be back in the lineup when the Washington Capitals host the New York Rangers on Friday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally or NHL Network nationally). But he will start out on the third defense pairing alongside Radko Gudas.

Kempny’s return is coming at the right time for the Capitals. After the team allowed only six goals in their first three games, they have allowed 20 in their last five and at least three goals in five of their last six games. Their 26 goals-against is currently the fifth-most in the NHL.

Kempny’s +24 rating last season led the team while his average of 19:11 worth of ice-time per game ranked sixth on the Capitals.

The Capitals showed that they missed Kempny during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season when they allowed 21 goals in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes in an opening-round series loss.

Kempny set career-highs in goals (six), assists (19), points (25), and games played (71) last season before getting injured in a scrum with Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette.

Jonas Seigenthaler, a game-time decision, will skate on the top-pair with Carlson if he plays against the Rangers while Tyler Lewington will come out of the lineup in favor of Kempny. Seigenthaler did skate with the team on Friday morning.

The Capitals recalled Martin Fehervary from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Friday in case Seigenthaler can’t play.

Kempny came close to playing in the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday but was held out for precautionary reasons.

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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