Capitals Lines At Morning Skate: Tom Wilson Skates, Michael Sgarbossa Recalled

The Washington Capitals held their gameday morning skate at 10:30 a.m. this morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Caps host Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders in the first game of a two-game set tonight at Capital One Arena. Washington holds a record of 6-4-0 in their last 10 games against New York. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. [Game Notes][NHL stats]

The Capitals recalled forward Michael Sgarbossa from Hershey to Washington (taxi squad) this morning.

Sgarbossa participated in morning skate.

Capitals lines at morning skate:

Tom Wilson skated and will be a game time decision.

Vitek Vanecek was in the starters net at practice this morning, indicating he looks to be tonight’s starter.

It appears Sgarbossa will replace Brian Pinho at center on the fourth line. Laviolette said that will be assessed after practice.

Daniel Carr and Connor McMichael also skated with the team this morning.

From The Other Side

Peter Laviolette

John Carlson


  • With Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, Nicklas Backstrom played in his 962ndcareer game, passing Peter Bondra (961) for the third-most games played in franchise history. He is now 22 games shy of Calle Johansson (983) for the second-most games played in franchise history.
  • Backstrom has recorded a team-high seven points (4g, 3a) in the Capitals’ first six games. It marks the second time in the last three seasons Backstrom has recorded at least seven points in the first six games (2018-19: 1g, 8a).
  • Backstrom averaged 0.93 points per game last time this occurred in 2018-19 (74 points in 80 games).
  • Backstrom has scored four goals in the first six games this season, the first time he has accomplished this feat since he recorded four goals in five games to begin the 2015-16 campaign.

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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