Injuries And Recalls And Hathaway’s Hearing, Oh My!- News From Morning Skate

Screen Shot 2019-11-20 at 11.24.39 AM.pngPhoto: Capitals

Wednesday morning, the Washington Capitals game day morning skate at Madison Square Garden ahead of tonight’s game against the New York Rangers (8:00 P.M. ET on NBCSN). Here is news from the morning skate.


Three players will be out of the lineup tonight due to upper-body injuries: forwards Carl Hagelin, Nic Dowd, and Nicklas Backstrom. Hagelin has missed six games and Dowd has missed three. Backstrom’s injury came to light after Monday’s victory over the Anaheim Ducks, according to Head Coach Todd Reirden.

Hagelin has been placed on long-term injured reserve and will be eligible for activation on December 3. Dowd is on injured reserve and could return on November 21. Backstrom is listed as day-to-day.


Because of the injuries, the Capitals recalled forwards Beck Malenstyn and Mike Sgarbossa, defenseman Tyler Lewington, and goaltender Ilya Samsonov from the AHL’s Hershey Bears. They also re-assigned netminder Vitek Vanecek back to Hershey.


Here is the projected lineup for tonight’s tilt in the Big Apple. Holtby is expected to start.

Hathaway’s Hearing

Forward Garnet Hathaway had a hearing via phone call this morning. This came after Hathway’s match penalty for spitting on Ducks’ defenseman Erik Gudbranson during a brawl in Monday’s win. A decision will be made later today.

Caps Today

Weekly reCAP

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
This entry was posted in Injuries, Morning Skate, News, NHL, Roster Moves, Washington Capitals and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Injuries And Recalls And Hathaway’s Hearing, Oh My!- News From Morning Skate

  1. Pingback: A Close Game With The Rangers Looming: How Do These Teams Stack up When The Score Is Within a Goal | NoVa Caps

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Wow! A wild week in Washington and throughout the NHL

    All these injured guys, please get well soon!

    Only on Kommissar Buttman’s watch does a man get a three-game suspension for spitting on the opponent. The NHL will be SO much better off when this Communist finally leaves and we get a real Commissioner.

    Sad to see Mike Babcock get the boot! I point to the ridiculously poor character of the spoiled-and-pampered Pension Plan Puppets! These babies on Toronto’s roster sure aren’t Mike’s fault. Good Luck to the new guy from the Marlies. Babcock will be back soon, and with a team that can hack it.

    Can Reirden & staff line up all these new guys and smash the Rangers?

    Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!

Leave a Reply