Capitals Have Yet To Decide Which Game Alex Ovechkin Will Sit For Skipping NHL All-Star Game, Make No Line Changes: Devils at Capitals Pregame Notebook

The Washington Capitals will not make any line changes against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington), head coach Todd Reirden said after their optional morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov will make his second consecutive start in net. Reirden added that the Capitals’ 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes after making the morning skate optional on Monday was part of the reason why he made today’s one optional.

Reirden said that the Capitals have yet to decide whether captain Alex Ovechkin will serve his mandatory one-game suspension for skipping the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis next weekend on Saturday at the New York Islanders or Monday, January 27 at the Montreal Canadiens. He hinted that the decision should be finalized after tonight’s game and having Ovechkin for Saturday afternoon’s game was the direction they were leaning towards.

Devils center Jack Hughes, who left the team’s 7-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday due to illness, participated in their morning skate which means that he should play against the Capitals.

Center Kevin Rooney missed the Devils’ morning skate due to illness and will be a game-time decision.

Goaltender Louis Domingue, who made 33 saves in the Devils’ 5-1 win over the Capitals on Saturday, will start for the black and red tonight.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Devils

Devils’ Lines at Capitals

Capitals Forward Carl Hagelin sat with Mike Vogel for an interview following today’s morning skate:

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4 Responses to Capitals Have Yet To Decide Which Game Alex Ovechkin Will Sit For Skipping NHL All-Star Game, Make No Line Changes: Devils at Capitals Pregame Notebook

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    A big credibility game for $500/hr Future Hall of Famer Washington Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden.

    Will tonight’s Caps be A) Timid, stupid, slow and chokey like the past six weeks, or B) The Caps we saw in November, chewing up the rest of the NHL?

    Finally Samsonov gets consecutive starts. Thought we’d have to wait until Solar Cycle 26 to see it. Go Sammy!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    I think Gudas is ok and am interested in knowing what he is looking for as a free agent

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