Evgeny Kuznetsov (Illness) And Dmitry Orlov (Lower Body) Miss Morning Skate, Ilya Samsonov Gets The Start: News From Toronto

The Washington Capitals held their gameday morning skate at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Thursday. They face the Maple Leafs tonight with puck drop set for 7:00 PM.

Evgeny Kuznetsov did skate this morning with the team (illness). Laviolette said he believes it could be the same bug that other Capitals players have dealt with in recent days.

Dmitry Orlov also did not participate in morning skate (lower body). Laviolette was not sure if either Kuznetsov or Orlov will play in tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs.

Laviolette confirmed Ilya Samsonov will get the start in goal for the Capitals.

On The Road (Again)

The Capitals begin a season-long five-game road trip tonight when the face the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. Washington has won four straight games overall and have earned at least a point in seven straight road games (6-0-1), dating back to March 8.

The Capitals will also look to improve upon their 22-7-5 road record against Toronto, the highest road points percentage (.721) in the NHL. GAME NOTES, STATS, SUPP. STATS

We’re Streaking

During their four-game win streak, which began with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 6, the Capitals have outscored their opponents 23-10. Three of Washington’s last four games have come against Eastern Conference teams currently in a playoff position (Win, 4-3 vs. Tampa Bay, April 6; Win, 6-3 at Pittsburgh; April 9; Win, 4-2 vs. Boston, April 10). In those games, Washington combined to outscore the opposition 14-8 at five-on-five, while posting a 27.3 power play percentage (3 goals on 11 power play opportunities) and a 90.0 penalty kill percentage (1 goal against on 10 opposing power play opportunities).

The Capitals followed up their string of games against Eastern Conference contenders with a 9-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, where 16 of Washington’s 18 skaters recorded a point.

Quality Shots

Not all shot attempts are created equal. Some never have a chance of scoring. Here are the latest shot attempts percentages that are on goal for each of the Capitals’ skaters. Anthony Mantha, Brett Leason, Connor McMichael and Garnet Hathaway have the highest percentage of shot attempts that are on goal. [Click to enlarge]

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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2 Responses to Evgeny Kuznetsov (Illness) And Dmitry Orlov (Lower Body) Miss Morning Skate, Ilya Samsonov Gets The Start: News From Toronto

  1. Anonymous says:

    We need to flush that bug ASAP. Lucky it wasn’t three weeks from now.

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