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.
Tom Wilson did not participate in morning skate, but is expected to play tonight. Travis Boyd took his place in line rushes.
With Wilson expected in the lineup tonight per team (maintenance this AM), this should be Caps vs Flames:
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) October 22, 2019
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:
#Flames tonight vs. Washington:
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) October 22, 2019
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.
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.
— Washington 👻 Capitals (@Capitals) October 19, 2019
- 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.
— Washington 👻 Capitals (@Capitals) October 21, 2019
- 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.
Great to run into @TroyBrouwer36 today in Calgary. And yes, a Nationals Park hockey hero representing the @Nationals for Game 1 tonight from afar! #STAYINTHEFIGHT #ItsOKtoBelieve pic.twitter.com/RMTK9JOH52
— John Walton (@WaltonCaps) October 22, 2019
— Washington 👻 Capitals (@Capitals) October 22, 2019
By Jon Sorensen