Dmitry Orlov To Have Hearing For Kneeing Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers


The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday morning that Capitals’ defenseman Dmitry Orlov will have a hearing for kneeing Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers in Tuesday night’s game.

The play occurred in the third period. No penalty was called on the play.

Orlov recorded a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s matchup with Winnipeg but now faces a potential suspension that could sideline him versus Boston on Thursday at least.

With John Carlson’s (COVID-19 protocols) availability in doubt, missing the 30-year-old Orlov would further stretch the Caps’ blue line and would likely force Matt Irwin and Dennis Cholowski into bigger roles.

Jets head coach Dave Lowry expressed his frustration at the non-call post-game and said Ehlers is expected to miss multiple games due to the injury suffered on the play.

“Well, if they would have saw it the same way I saw it, it would probably have been more than a minor penalty,” Lowry said.  “I lose a world-class player and, like I said, it’s a fast game and I have the luxury again of watching and rewinding it and watching it in slow motion. You’re disappointed as a coach. I lose a player and I will probably lose him for more than one game.”

Lowry confirmed Ehlers has been ruled out of the Jets’ Thursday matchup against the Nashville Predators.

Orlov, 30, has five goals and 19 points in 38 games this season while amassing 32 penalty minutes.

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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7 Responses to Dmitry Orlov To Have Hearing For Kneeing Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s a croc of 💩

  2. Anonymous says:

    The DoPS seems to jump on the little things, but is nowhere to be found when the more egregious events occur. Zero consistency.

  3. T says:

    You guys are homers.

    I thought it was a missed call in game. Orlov clearly extended his left knee, and they showed it on the slo-mo.

    If they had called it correctly, you might be looking at a minor penalty and a fine, instead of what looks like at least a one game suspension.

    I haven’t noticed any incidents the DoPS should have been involved in against the Caps this year. The last two, off the top of my head, were Komarov boarding Eller and Morrissey body slamming Oshie. What have I missed?

  4. Anonymous says:

    You guys are homers.

    I thought it was a missed call in game. Orlov clearly extended his left knee, and they showed it on the slo-mo.

    If they had called it correctly, you might be looking at a minor penalty and a fine, instead of what looks like at least a one game suspension.

    I haven’t noticed any incidents the DoPS should have been involved in against the Caps this year. The last two, off the top of my head, were Komarov boarding Eller and Morrissey body slamming Oshie. What have I missed?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just because I think a player on the Capitals deserves to be punished doesn’t mean I’m a fan of the other team you flippant dingus.

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