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.
Capitals are holding an optional skate today, fair amount of regulars on the ice, including Wilson, Vrana, Dillon, entire fourth line
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) February 24, 2021
Michael Kempny continues to skate before Capitals practices.
Michal Kempny (achilles/LTI) was on the ice this morning skating on his own again. Looked much more comfortable. Even hammered a few shots. Still a long way to go, obviously. #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) February 24, 2021
RETURNING TO OLD WAYS
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)
- 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