Michal Kempny Appears To Be Scratched vs. Flyers; Braden Holtby To Start For Capitals: Tuesday’s Practice Notebook

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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.

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.

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.

The Capitals made no lineup changes upfront.

Goaltender Brian Elliott will start for the Flyers on Wednesday.

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5 Responses to Michal Kempny Appears To Be Scratched vs. Flyers; Braden Holtby To Start For Capitals: Tuesday’s Practice Notebook

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    Gee, coach can’t make decision on which slumping D-Man goes in line-up & where? Wonder if Ronnie Milsap & Stevie Wonder could both see that problem coming! Oh yeah I did!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I see what your saying, Scott. My guess (hope) is that he’s still checking things out as far as pairings now that Dillon is getting settled. I hope that’s what it is.

  2. Esteban says:

    Kempny has been the Defenses Achilles Heel all season…….(pun intended). Rest up and get well Mike.

  3. Richard Urban says:

    Seigenthaler played against the Devils….

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