Capitals Lines At Morning Skate: Brian Pinho, Jonas Siegenthaler and Conor Sheary In The Lineup

The Washington Capitals held their game day morning skate at 10:30 a.m. this morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals will host the Buffalo Sabres tonight in their season home opener at Capital One Arena. Puck drop set for 7:07 p.m.

Tonight’s game marks the Caps third game against Buffalo this season. Washington recently took both games in Buffalo, on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, and are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against the Sabres.

Capitals lines:

Vitek Vanecek was the first goaltender off the ice at morning skate and will likely get the start tonight.

Power play units:

PP1: Oshie, Carlson, Backstrom, Wilson and Vrana
PP2: Eller, Schultz, Sprong, Sheary and Panik

Other extras at morning skate: Martin Fehervary and Trevor van Riemsdyk. No Connor McMichael at AM skate, he was added to the taxi squad just yesterday.

The Capitals will be without Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov for at least the next four games. All four are currently on the NHL’s COVID-19-related absences list. Ilya Samsonov tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Orlov are on the list for being identified as “close contacts”.

The Capitals made it official by recalling Brian Pinho from the Capitals taxi squad.

Buffalo Sabres



  • Tonight marks the Capitals first home game since March 4, 2020, against the Philadelphia Flyers, a span of 324 days.
  • The Capitals are 26-15-2-2 all-time in home openers and are 15-1-2 in their last 18 home openers.
  • Washington has outscored their opponents 15-4 in their last three home openers (2019-20: 2-3 OT vs. Carolina Hurricanes; 2018-19: 7-0 vs. Boston Bruins; 2017-18: 6-1 vs. Montreal Canadiens).
  • Nicklas Backstrom has 14 points (1g, 13a) in 12 career home openers, including five assists in his last three games. Backstrom has recorded a multi-assist game in five career home openers.
  • The Capitals have a record of 131-47-19 in the previous five seasons at home- the second most points (281) in the NHL.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Capitals Lines At Morning Skate: Brian Pinho, Jonas Siegenthaler and Conor Sheary In The Lineup

  1. Anonymous says:

    On the #2 PP unit, which forward plays the blue line? Just curious…

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