Jonsson-Fjallby To Draw In For Sprong vs. Bruins; Vanecek To Start For Capitals

After left-wing Axel Jonsson-Fjallby was recalled from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Wednesday, it appears that the 23-year-old will draw into the Washington Capitals’ lineup against the Boston Bruins on Thursday at TD Garden (7 PM ET, ESPN+/Hulu) in favor of right-wing Daniel Sprong, who will be a healthy scratch.

Goaltender Vitek Vanecek will start in Boston. Head coach Peter Laviolette said this could be a chance for him to grab the No. 1 job in net and find some consistency.

Right-wing T.J. Oshie (upper-body injury, day-to-day), defenseman John Carlson (COVID-19 protocol, eligible to be activated on Friday), and left-wing Conor Sheary (COVID-19 protocol, eligible to be activated anytime) were all absent from the morning skate. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who will serve the first of a two-game suspension for kneeing left-wing Nikolaj Ehlers in the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, also did not participate.

With Orlov out, the Capitals will put defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk on the second power-play unit. Right-wing Garnet Hathaway will also get a look on the man advantage.

It also appears that Michal Kempny will draw into the lineup after getting recalled from the taxi squad.

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2 Responses to Jonsson-Fjallby To Draw In For Sprong vs. Bruins; Vanecek To Start For Capitals

  1. Anonymous says:

    I guess Axel is up for the remainder of the season. No way they waive him again to re-assign to Hershey.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can’t help but believe some of this is simply testing Oshie. I bet he would play if this was the postseason.

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