Holtby To Start, Hagelin Out, Niskanen, Gudas Square-Off For First Time Since Flip: News From Morning Skate In Philly

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The Capitals made their way to Philadelphia yesterday afternoon following practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals face the Flyers tonight at Wells Fargo Center in the first of three meetings this season (full preview here). The Capitals were 4-0-0 last season and are 11-4-5 in their last 20 games against the Flyers.

Tonight’s tilt in South Philly is NBC’s Wednesday Night Game of the week and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. Puck drop is just after 7:30 PM.

Braden Holtby (8-1-0-3, 3.25 GAA, .898 save percentage) will get the start in goal tonight. It looks like Carter Hart (6-3-0-1, 2.71 GAA, .893 save percentage) will get the start for the Flyers.

The lines from this morning’s skate:

Carl Hagelin (upper body, day-to-day) did not make the trip to Philly, and will miss his third-straight game.

Former Capital Matt Niskanen and current Capital Radko Gudas will square-off for the first time since being exchanged for each other this past summer.


  • The Capitals (13-2-4) are first in the Metropolitan Division, eight points ahead of the Flyers, and have points in 12 straight games (10-0-2) since Oct. 16, three shy of the longest run in their history (14-0-1) from Jan. 13-Feb. 10, 2010.
  • The Flyers (10-5-2) have won four consecutive games with points in six straight (5-0-1) to give them 22 after 17 games, one point behind the pace set when they began the 2011-12 season 10-4-3.
  • Washington is looking to extend their point streak to 13 games (currently 10-0-2), a streak that began on Oct. 16 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the longest active streak in the NHL.


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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