Holtby Expected To Start, Kuznetsov In, Dowd Out Tonight Against Buffalo Sabres

Capitals forward Nic Dowd did not participate in this morning’s game-day skate and will be a scratch tonight against the Sabres. Dowd was injured in the Capitals last game against the Maple Leafs. He is listed “day-to-day”.

With Dowd being injured, the Capitals recalled Liam O’Brien from Hershey on Friday morning. (More here.) Dowd and Richard Panik, who is on LTIR, skated after practice this morning.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was also injured in the first period of Tuesday nights tilt with Toronto, practiced in his usual second line center position, and looks like he will be able to go tonight.

It looks like Braden Holtby will get the start tonight.

The lines at morning skate:

Todd Reirden’s presser following today’s morning skate:


  • The Capitals are 31-38-9-3 all-time against the Sabres at Capital One Arena, 11-3-0 in their last 14 games. Last season, the Capitals won the series matchup 2-1-0.
  • With a two goal performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 29, John Carlson recorded his 22nd and 23rd points of the season (7g, 16a) to establish a franchise record for the most points by a defenseman in a calendar month, eclipsing the previous high of 22 set by Sergei Gonchar in January 2000 (10g, 12a in 14 games). Only one blueliner in NHL history has recorded more points than Carlson in a single month of October: Calgary’s Al MacInnis in 1990 (8g, 17a, 25 points in 13 games).

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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4 Responses to Holtby Expected To Start, Kuznetsov In, Dowd Out Tonight Against Buffalo Sabres

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Would like to see Liam get a few games… Boyd to 3rd line

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