Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden confirmed that defenseman Michal Kempny will be scratched in favor of Jonas Siegenthaler when the team hosts the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night (7 PM ET, NBCSN). This will be the first time since February 20, 2018, the first game that the Capitals played with Kempny available, that the 29-year-old has been a healthy scratch. This will be only Siegenthaler’s third game since February 17, the day before the team acquired Brendan Dillon from the San Jose Sharks.
“I just think it’s the right thing to do right now, is to have a reset for him and use this as a chance for us to move forward, get him back on top of his game. He is going to put some work in here today … get his game back to where it has been in the past,” Reirden said according to Samantha Pell of the Washington Post.
Kempny worked with assistant coach Reid Cashman after the Capitals’ morning skate on angles, positioning, and other things.
Defenseman Radko Gudas will draw in in favor of Kempny after he was a healthy scratch in the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
The goaltender matchup will be Braden Holtby for the Capitals against Brian Elliott for the Flyers.
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