Tom Wilson Misses Morning Skate, But Expected To Play Tonight; Kempny and Carlson Reunited On Top Defensive Pair

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The Capitals departed for Calgary immediately following their 5-3 victory in Chicago Sunday night. The Capitals and Flames will tee it up Tuesday night at the Saddledome in Calgary. Puck drop is set for just after 9:00 PM ET. Here’s the latest from morning skate in Calgary.

Practice Lines
Tom Wilson did not participate in morning skate, but is expected to play tonight. Travis Boyd took his place in line rushes.

It looks like Braden Holtby will get the start tonight. Michal Kempny and John Carlson are reunited on the top pair, which is a great sign Kempny’s return to the lineup is going well, with no lingering affects from his injury, so far. The Vrana/Hagelin flip will continue for this game, as will the Wilson/Oshie flip.

The Flames lines for tonight:

Last Time

The last time the two teams met earlier in 2019, the Capitals won 4-3 in a game that was “chippy” from the start. The game ended with a few general unpleasantries.

Video: SportsNet

Garnet Hathaway Returns 

Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway returns to Scotiabank Saddledome to face his former team. Hathaway played in 175 games for Calgary from 2015-16 to 2018-19, recording 40 points (16g, 24a). This season, Hathaway is tied for second in the NHL in points (2g, 3a) among players who average under 12 minutes of ice time (11:34 TOI). Additionally, Hathaway’s 1.73 drawn penalties per 60 minutes of five-on-five play over the last three seasons ranks third in the NHL among players with at least 100 games played during that span.

John Carlson

  • John Carlson has been named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending Oct. 20.
  • Carlson recorded an assist in the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night, extending his point total to 18 (3g, 15a) through 10 games.


  • The Capitals hold a 4-1-0 record on the road this season and lead the NHL in road wins and points. The Capitals recorded four wins in their first five road games for the fourth time in franchise history (also: 1991-92, 1997-98, 2015-15).
  • The Capitals’ hold a record of 99-53-17 on the road over the last five seasons, the most wins and points (215) in the NHL during that span.
  • Alex Ovechkin has scored five of his six goals this season on the road. Ovechkin’s 335 career regular-season road goals are the seventh-most in NHL history, trailing Marcel Dionne (346) by 11 goals for the sixth most away goals in NHL history.



By Jon Sorensen

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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1 Response to Tom Wilson Misses Morning Skate, But Expected To Play Tonight; Kempny and Carlson Reunited On Top Defensive Pair

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Great summary Jon!

    I’ll have a lot less to grouch about if Caps win and give us a 7-2-2 record after eleven games

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