Boyd Moves Up To Third Line; Hagelin, Dowd Still Out: Notes From Morning Skate

The Capitals held their usual game day morning skate Monday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, to finalize preparations for their tilt with the Anaheim Ducks tonight at Capital One Arena. (Our full game preview is here). Capitals’ bench boss Todd Reirden made a couple of tweaks to the lines projected for tonight’s game.

Carl Hagelin participated in morning skate, but is still wearing the light-blue (non-contact) sweater. If he can’t play tonight, it will be the sixth straight game he’s missed due to injury.

Nic Dowd did not participate in the morning skate. According to Reirden, his laceration to the hand is a little more serious than originally thought.

Following morning skate, Reirden said Carl Hagelin and Nic Dowd remain day-to-day, but Hagelin is closer to returning.

The practice lines at this morning’s skate:

Travis Boyd was moved up to the third line, while Garnet Hathaway was moved down to the 4th line.

Braden Holtby will get the start tonight. Vitek Vanecek, who participated in this morning’s skate will be backup.


BOYD BITS (From Capitals PR)

  • Travis Boyd is scheduled to play in his 69th career game tonight against the Ducks.
  • Shortly after being recalled from Hershey on Saturday, Boyd scored the Capitals’ first goal of the game against the Boston Bruins, marking his first goal of the season.
  • Boyd has five points (1g, 4a) in seven games this season and has recorded a point in three of his last five games (1g, 3a).
  • Among players with at least seven games played this season, Boyd leads the Capitals with 5.13 points per 60 minutes of five-on-five play and a 4.1 assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play.
  • Boyd, who has skated 58:31 of five-on-five time this season, also ranks first in the NHL in both respective categories among players with at least that much ice time (second in both respective categories: Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin: 2.62 assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play; Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl: 4.35 points per 60 minutes of five-on-five play). Of Boyd’s four assists at five-on-five, three have been primary assists.
  • Last season, Boyd’s 1.01 primary assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play ranked second on the Capitals, behind Evgeny Kuznetsov (1.15).


  • Rogers Hometown Hockey piece this weekend was on Barry Trotz. The short piece is certainly worth a watch.


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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 Boyd Moves Up To Third Line; Hagelin, Dowd Still Out: Notes From Morning Skate

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is Boyd a natural C? Struggles on the wing?

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