Capitals Hold Optional Skate On Wednesday

The Washington Capitals returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday afternoon following their 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night. The same two teams will do battle again Thursday night at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 pm. Here’s the latest news from MedStar on Wednesday.

The Capitals announced Wednesday morning that Ilya Samsonov has been re-assigned from the Capitals’ Taxi Squad to the Hershey Bears. Capitals’ head coach Peter Laviolette indicated on Tuesday that Samsonov still needed some work to get up to game speed, and that he would be headed to Hershey. The Bears face the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today at 5:00 pm.

The Capitals held an optional skate on Wednesday, with off-ice film review and meetings.

Michael Kempny continues to skate before Capitals practices.

The Capitals advanced shot metrics returned to old (January) ways last night in their 3-2 loss to the Penguins, ending a streak of seven-straight games with improved numbers. Here are the shot stats for the all five games against the Penguins so far this season: (Click to enlarge)


Peter Laviolette

Tom Wilson

Carl Hagelin


  • Capitals forward Conor Sheary scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That marked Sheary’s sixth goal in his eighth career game against his former team – his highest goals per game rate (0.75) against an opposing team.
  • With five goals in 15 games, Sheary is tied with Jakub Vrana and John Carlson for fourth on the team.
  • Sheary is currently on a 27-goal pace over an 82-game season. His career high of 23 goals came in his second NHL season as a member of the Penguins in 2016-17.
  • All five of his goals this season have come at even strength, which is tied with Vrana and Nicklas Backstrom for the most on the Capitals.
  • Sheary’s 1.85 goals per 60 minutes of five-on-five play ranks ninth in the NHL among skaters with at least 10 games played. Sheary entered the season with a 0.85 goals per 60 minutes of five-on-five play prior to joining Washington.

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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