Defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler will draw back into the lineup when the Washington Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night (7 PM ET, NBCSN) in favor of defenseman Michal Kempny after head coach Todd Reirden had a discussion with Kempny regarding his recent play before the team’s 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Seigenthaler skated with Radko Gudas on the third-pairing.
Reirden’s thoughts on Kempny after practice today pic.twitter.com/vXNN8EZNni
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Seigenthaler has been a healthy scratch for every one of the Capitals’ six games since they acquired Brendan Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and conditional third-round pick.
Daily ask: The Kempny dip is primarily a direct result of:
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Kempny, who has just one assist and a -3 rating in his last 11 games, missed his man on the first goal given up by the Capitals in their 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday and took a minor penalty in the third period that the Wild scored on to get back in the game. He did not play after that.
Defenseman Radko Gudas will drawback in after getting scratched against the Wild. Nick Jensen will move back up to the second pairing with Dmitry Orlov.
Goaltender Braden Holtby will start against the Flyers on Wednesday and Ilya Samsonov will start on Thursday when the Capitals visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Reirden announced.
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The Capitals made no lineup changes upfront.
Goaltender Brian Elliott will start for the Flyers on Wednesday.
Capitals Tuesday practice lines:
*Kempny looks to be out
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CAPS TODAY: Tomorrow night against the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena, T.J. Oshie is expected to play in his 800th career game. More info on Oshie and the Caps at https://t.co/HecIC0ECg1 pic.twitter.com/a7KhYugB6V
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Beyond The Game
By Harrison Brown