Left-handed defenseman Dennis Cholowski, whom the Washington Capitals claimed off of waivers from the Seattle Kraken on Thursday, will arrive in Washington later on Friday, according to head coach Peter Laviolette. The 23-year-old will participate in Saturday’s morning skate prior to the team’s game against the defending back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington) at Capital One Arena.
“A young player, first-round pick, good size to him, good skating mobility,” Laviolette said of Cholowski. “Just an opportunity to have him become part of our organization and see where he fits in. We’re excited to get him here.”
On his former teammate when he was with the Detroit Red Wings, defenseman Nick Jensen said Cholowski is “Poised with the puck. Sees the ice really well. Good puck mover in all zones, D zone, neutral zone, offensive zone. He knows where he’s going with the puck at all times. He’s never guessing, never making ‘hope’ plays.”
The Capitals decided to go with the same lineup in practice as they iced during Wednesday’s 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers:
Capitals lines during Friday’s practice:
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Laviolette praised goaltender Vitek Vanecek’s showing on Wednesday where he made 23 saves and Ilya Samsonov’s effort in practice over the past two days of practice but did not name a starter for Saturday’s game against the Lightning.
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The Capitals’ game against the Lightning tomorrow night will be their first game against a team not Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh since their first game in the round robin in the return to play — Aug. 3, 2020 vs Tampa Bay. The Capitals and Lightning last played each other in the regular season on Dec. 21, 2019 in DC (3-1 Capitals win).
The Capitals are looking to continue good play from special teams into tomorrow night; plus hear from former (and now current again) teammates of new defenseman Dennis Cholowski on what to expect from him.#ALLCAPS | @PedigreeUS pic.twitter.com/yf6alKpuaQ
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