Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden will start defenseman Dmitry Orlov on his off side, the right, on a pair with Brenden Dillon when the team begins playing games again and the 28-year-old told the media on Wednesday that is “not a problem” as he used to play that side for most of his career. Though he did say that it is “hard to cover from that side,” he thinks it will get better with more practice.
Orlov and Dillon were supposed to ride shotgun along with one another against the Detroit Red Wings on March 12 before the NHL season paused. Orlov said that the two “work every day together” and try to communicate to help in the future. “[I] feel like it’s going to be good for us,” he said.
He called the three-month hiatus “different” and “unusual” times thought it was “good to see my kids grow” and spend more time with them.
On 20-year-old fellow Russian defenseman and Capitals’ prospect Alexander Alexeyev, Orlov said, “he’s got talent,” and that he wants to help him get better, but “he’s in the right spot.” He thinks spending phase three of the NHL’s return-to-play plan with the Capitals will be a “great experience [for] him.”
He continued to talk about Alexeyev, saying it would “for sure” be good to have another Russian blueliner on the team. “It would [also] be good to see [the Russian 5] on the ice [together],” he added, referring to himself, Alexeyev, captain Alex Ovechkin, center Evgeny Kuznetsov, and goaltender Ilya Samsonov all being on the Capitals.
By Harrison Brown