Anthony Mantha Skates, Ilya Samsonov Will Start Tonight, Morning Lines: News From Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals returned to work for morning skate on Tuesday following a day-off on Monday. The Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Capital One Arena with puck drop set for just after 7:00 PM.

The Capitals enter tonight’s game with a record of 27-11-4 (58 points), tied with the New York Islanders for first place in the East Division and tied for the third-best in the NHL.

Here’s the latest from morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.


Anthony Mantha, acquired yesterday from Detroit, was on the ice for morning skate. Michael Raffl, acquired from the Flyers yesterday, did not participate in morning skate, and will not be available for tonight’s game.


Mantha participated in morning skate and will likely be in the lineup tonight against the Flyers.

Capitals power play units:

PP1: Carlson, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Oshie, Kuznetsov
PP2: Orlov, Schultz, Mantha, Sheary, Wilson

Starting Goaltender

Ilya Samsonov will get the start in goal tonight against the Flyers.

Laviolette said after morning skate that he thinks it would be a mistake at this point to formally name a number one goaltender and give him a majority of the remaining starts. “We haven’t done that this year. We sit where we sit”


The Capitals announced Tuesday morning that they have re-assigned defenseman Paul LaDue from the Hershey Bears to the Capitals taxi squad.


  • Newly acquired forward Anthony Mantha is scheduled to make his Capitals debut tonight. The Capitals acquired Mantha and forward Michael Raffl yesterday at the NHL trade deadline.

  • Mantha recorded 21 points (11g, 10a) in 42 games with the Red Wings this season. Mantha led Detroit in goals and ranked second in points. Last season, Mantha ranked third on the team in goals (16), tied for third in assists (22) and third in points (38) despite playing in only 43 of the team’s 71 games due to injury.

  • Mantha was on pace for his best statistical season in 2019-20, as his 0.88 points-per-game average eclipsed his previous best of 0.71, accomplished in the 2018-19 season when he notched a career-high 25 goals and 48 points in 67 games.


  • Defenseman John Carlson is expected to play in his 800th career game tonight and become the 23rd active player to reach the mark. Carlson will be the eighth player in franchise history and one of only two defensemen (Calle Johansson, 983 games) to skate in 800 games.

  • If Carlson records two assists tonight, he’d become the 27th defenseman in NHL history and one of two active defensemen (Kris Letang: 408a in 800 games) to record at least 400 assists and play 800 career games.

  • Carlson’s 35 points (10g, 25a) in 42 games this season are tied for third among NHL defensemen. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Carlson leads all defensemen in scoring with 248 points (53g, 195a).

  • Over their last six games, Washington defensemen have recorded a point on 15 of their last 21 goals. Capitals defensemen have combined for 105 points this season (25g, 80a), the second-most in the NHL.


Capitals coach Peter Laviolette told Junk Radio on Monday that because of COVID protocols, Jonas Siegenthaler flew home with team Sunday night. Typically traded players depart for their new team right away. It gave players a chance to say goodbyes, and for closure. “He’s been a class act for us,” said Laviolette.

We want to wish Jakub and Jonas all the best with their new teams. We certainly enjoyed covering them over the past few seasons.

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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