Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson Miss Morning Skate, Vitek Vanecek Starts In Goal

Washington Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin did not participate in the team’s gameday morning skate on Thursday. He remains listed “day-to-day” with a lower body injury, which he sustained in the third period of the Capitals first game with the Islanders on Thursday.

Ovechkin has missed the Capitals last two games against the Islanders and has not participated in team practices or morning skates since the injury occurred.

John Carlson also did not participate in the team’s morning skate, and will be a game-time decision for tonight (lower-body injury).

Justin Schultz did participate in morning skate and it appears he will return to the lineup tonight against Pittsburgh. He’s missed the last three games.

Tristan Jarry will start in goal tonight for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin, Frederick Gaudreau and Brandon Tanev are a game-time decisions.

Vitek Vanecek will get the start in goal tonight. He made 18 saves in the Capitals 1-0 shutout of the Islanders on Tuesday.

The Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first game of a two-game set tonight at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.

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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3 Responses to Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson Miss Morning Skate, Vitek Vanecek Starts In Goal

  1. Anonymous says:

    Concern over Ovechkin injury continues to grow a bit. These are very important games against the Penguins.

  2. Marky says:

    don’t worry…be happy…

  3. Diane Doyle says:

    I will admit my concern about Ovi has grown. I figure the situation with him must be pretty bad if he can’t suit up against Pittsburgh. I’m figuring if he doesn’t make it back for either tonight’s game or the weekend game against Pittsburgh, he’s likely not back until Game 1 of the playoffs.

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