Vitek Vanecek Will Start In Goal Tonight; Lines: News From Capitals’ Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex Tuesday morning for the first time in more than 10 days. The team wrapped-up their five-game road trip with a 3-1 victory over the Flyers Sunday night

The Capitals will host the New Jersey Devils tonight and practice at MedStar again tomorrow before returning to Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon for two more games with the Flyers. Puck-drop for tonight’s tilt with the Devils is just after 7:00 PM.


The Capitals lines at morning skate:

Vitek Vanecek will get the start in goal tonight against the Devils.

Laviolette said there is no real plan for the goaltenders going forward. It will be more of a day-to-day call.

Justin Schultz is no longer wearing the full face shield after getting struck in the face with a puck on January 28 against the Islanders.

East Division Goaltender Stats
The current save percentage (SV%) and goals against average (GAA) for East Division goaltenders at even-strength (5v5) play. (Click to enlarge).


  • Jakub Vrana (2g, 2a) and John Carlson (1g, 3a) each lead the Capitals with four points this season against the Devils, while five different players (T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller, Tom Wilson and Brenden Dillon) have recorded three points. The Capitals are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games against the Devils.
  • The Capitals will rock their new Reverse Retro uniforms tonight against the Devils. The Capitals are 0-1-0 in the new threads.


  • Nick Jensen scored his first goal as a Capital on Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers. That marked Jensen’s first goal since Oct. 11, 2018, when he scored two goals in a game as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.
  • Jensen has four points (1g, 3a) in his last six games. With eight points (1g, 7a) this season, Jensen has already tied his season point total from last year (8a) in 47-fewer games.
  • Over his last six games, which began on Feb. 25 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jensen leads Capitals’ defensemen with 2.88 points per 60 minutes of five-on-five play and ranks first in the NHL among defensemen with at least five games played. Tonight against New Jersey, Jensen is expected to play in his 300th NHL game.
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  • This season, seven defensemen have scored for Washington (Jensen, Carlson, Dillon, Dmitry Orlov, Justin Schultz, Zdeno Chara and Trevor van Riemsdyk), surpassing last season’s total of five.
  • Washington’s 14 goals scored by defensemen this season rank third in the NHL (Florida and Montreal: 16g); only the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins have as many defensemen with goals.


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 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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3 Responses to Vitek Vanecek Will Start In Goal Tonight; Lines: News From Capitals’ Morning Skate

  1. Anonymous says:

    Buttman has outlived his usefulness and should be forced to retire

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