Djoos Returns To The Ice In Non-Contact Jersey; Samsonov Will Start; Washington To Host Pride Night: News From Capitals’ Morning Skate

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The Washington Capitals held morning skate ahead of Tuesday’s tilt against the Ottawa Senators (7:00 P.M ET on NBC Sports Washington). Here is the latest from Medstar.


Defenseman Christian Djoos, who has been out with an upper-body injury since December 28, was on the ice this morning wearing a non-contact jersey. He remains day-to-day. Monday was a scheduled day-off for the team, but Djoos skated with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish.

No changes are expected in the lineup.

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov will be in net for Washington while Braden Holtby will get the start on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Forward Jakub Vrana discussed his successful start to the season and earning a spot in the top six.

Head coach Todd Reirden spoke to the media after morning skate.


Forward Anthony Duclair is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. “I think Duclair looked good out there so it looks like he’ll go but I’m not 100%,” Head Coach D.J. Smith said about the injured forward on Monday. He is likely a game-time decision.

The Senators also have four players on injured reserve: defensemen Dylan DeMelo (finger), Ron Hainsey (undisclosed), and Nikita Zaitsev (lower-body); and goaltender Anders Nilsson (concussion). Smith said he’s hopeful for DeMelo to return, questionable on Hainsey, and ruled Zaitsev out.

The starting netminder is still undecided.

Pride Night

The Capitals will be hosting their fourth-consecutive Pride Night on Tuesday. Select players from the Capitals and Senators will use sticks wrapped in rainbow-color Pride Tape during pregame warmups. Fans who purchased a special Pride Night ticket will receive a Capitals pride night flag. For more information, click here.

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3 Responses to Djoos Returns To The Ice In Non-Contact Jersey; Samsonov Will Start; Washington To Host Pride Night: News From Capitals’ Morning Skate

  1. Esteban says:

    Can I dress as one of the Village People tonight? I have some chaps I haven’t worn in a while. Sans underwear.

  2. Pingback: No Doubt About It: Alex Ovechkin Scores Goal Just Seconds After No-Goal Call Against the Senators | NoVa Caps

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