Dowd In, Djoos Out; Samsonov To Start; Reirden Will Coach Metro Division For NHL All-Star Weekend: News From Capitals’ Morning Skate In Raleigh

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The Washington Capitals held morning skate ahead of Friday night’s tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 P.M. ET on NBC Sports Washington+ locally and NHL Network nationally). Here is the latest from PNC Arena.


Forward Nic Dowd will draw into the lineup after missing Tuesday’s loss to the New York Islanders due to his wife going into labor. Nic and Paige welcomed a baby boy, Louie, on New Year’s Eve.

Defenseman Christian Djoos remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov will start for Washington.


Goaltender Petr Mrazek will be in net for Carolina.

2020 NHL All-Star Weekend

The coaches have been chosen! Capitals’ bench boss Todd Reirden will coach the Metropolitan Division during the All-Star Weekend in St. Louis on January 24-25. He is the first coach in Capitals history to coach multiple All-Star Games.

Defenseman John Carlson and goaltender Braden Holtby will also be representing the Capitals. Forward TJ Oshie has also been selected for the All-Star Game’s “Last Men In”. To vote Oshie in, click here. You can submit up to 10 ballots per 24-hours through January 10.

Joining Reirden is Bruce Cassidy (Boston Bruins), who will coach the Atlantic Division, Craig Berube (St. Louis Blues) for the Central Division, and coaching the Pacific Divison, Gerard Gallant (Vegas Golden Knights).

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