Jensen Participates In Capitals’ Optional Practice On Thursday

Defenseman Nick Jensen, who is labeled as week-to-week with a lower-body injury, participated in the Washington Capitals’ optional practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Thursday. The 31-year-old has missed the past three games and is eligible to return against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Friday (9 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market) based on injured reserve requirements.

Right-wing Tom Wilson, defenseman Dmitry Orlov, center Lars Eller, and all three goalies participated in Thursday’s optional practice.

NHL News

* The ECHL announced that Jacksonville Icemen F Jacob Panetta has been suspended for the rest of the season as a result of a racist gesture against the South Carolina Stingrays last Saturday

* Former Capitals and Detroit Red Wings LW Jakub Vrana, who has yet to play this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September, participated in the team’s practice on Thursday in a non-contact jersey

* Vancouver Canucks G Thatcher Demko, G Jaroslav Halak, RW Conor Garland have all been removed from NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

* The Arizona Coyotes are in advanced discussions with Arizona State University to use the university’s new multi-purpose arena, which seats just 5,000, as their temporary home for three-to-four seasons

* Ottawa Senators signed D Nick Holden to a one-year, $1.3 million contract extension

* UFA RW Evander Kane has been skating in Vancouver as he awaits NHL’s decision on investigation; multiple sources said they would be shocked if he does not sign with Edmonton Oilers

By Harrison Brown

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