Reirden Shakes-Up Defensive Pairings (Again), Braden Holtby Gets Next Start: News From Capitals Practice

After a day off on Tuesday, the Washington Capitals returned to practice Wednesday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for the first time in a week. The Capitals returned to NoVa Monday night following their 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres in Buffalo. The Capitals’ short three-game road trip included a 6-5 overtime loss to the Rangers at MSG and a 5-2 drubbing of the Penguins in Pittsburgh. Next up, the cellar-dwelling Detroit Red Wings come to Capital One Arena Thursday night.

Forward Lines and Defensive Pairings
Reirden switched-up the defensive pairings a bit on Wednesday. Michael Kempny was moved up to the top pair with John Carlson. Brenden Dillon with paired with Dmitry Orlov and Jonas Siegenthaler and Nick Jensen were the third pair.

Braden Holtby will be in net Thursday against the Red Wings, per Reirden.

Scenes From Practice

Post-Practice Media Sessions
The Capitals new media session protocol as a result of the Coronavirus was implemented Wednesday following practice.

The DC Dept. of Health is recommending against non-essential mass gatherings of 1,000 or more people. Games without fans might be coming in the not too distant future.

The Capitals have yet to formally respond to the District’s new recommendation.


  • Red Wings at Capitals (Thursday)
  • 14th Annual Northern Virginia Game-Worn Jersey Expo (Saturday) (More info)
  • Blackhawks at Capitals (Saturday)
  • Oilers at Capitals (Monday)


How have the top three draft picks from last years draft fared so far this season? Turns out, very similar.

  • This season, the Capitals have four players at the age of 30 or older with at least 40 points (John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie), with Lars Eller one point shy of joining the group (Eller: 16g, 23a).
  • Washington is the only team in the NHL that currently has at least four 40-point players over the age of 30. The Capitals are looking to become the fourth team since 2014-15 to feature five players with at least 40 points in a season (2017-18: Pittsburgh Penguins; 2016-17: Minnesota Wild; 2015-16: San Jose Sharks).
  • Additionally, Washington is the only team in the NHL with three players 30 or older with at least 50 points this season (Carlson, Ovechkin, Backstrom), and Oshie is just one point shy of joining the group (Oshie: 26g, 23a).
  • Finally, both Carlson (15g, 60a) and Ovechkin (48g, 19a) have reached the 60 point mark, two of nine players in the NHL at the age of 30 or older and the only set of teammates.


By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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1 Response to Reirden Shakes-Up Defensive Pairings (Again), Braden Holtby Gets Next Start: News From Capitals Practice

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    Re-arranging defense,isn’t it also referred to as “shuffling deck chairs on Titanic! Go to see Ovie’s getting head start on off season-off ice workout it will be what about month when he can do it full time!

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