After appearing in his 500th career game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, defenseman Dmitry Orlov will suit up in his 400th consecutive game when the Washington Capitals host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington), which will rank fifth among active NHL players and third among active defensemen.
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After playing in only 109 of a possible 294 games in his first four NHL seasons, Orlov has not missed a game since. Though, he was a healthy scratch during Game 2 of the Capitals-Penguins’ second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series in 2016.
Over the stretch, Orlov has developed into a top-four defenseman for the Capitals as he has 30 goals, 145 points, and a +59 rating. He played a key role during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2018 when he averaged 24:12 worth of ice-time per game, the third-most among Capitals skaters.
After a disappointing season last year where he recorded only three goals and a +3 rating, the 28-year old has bounced back as he has already tied his goal total from last season and is only six points back of his point total in 29 fewer games. His plus-minus rating is also up to a +8.
Orlov was selected by the Capitals 55th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft and has recorded 36 goals, 176 points, and a +64 rating in his career.
By Harrison Brown