The Washington Capitals lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday to fall to 2-1-1 in the preseason. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren played the whole game and made 18 saves in the loss.
Capitals’ Lines at Blue Jackets
Marcus Johansson — Connor McMichael — Garrett Pilon
Anthony Mantha — Aliaksei Protas — Garnet Hathaway
Conor Sheary — Hendrix Lapierre — Connor Brown
Beck Malenstyn — Nic Dowd — Brett Leason
Dmitry Orlov — Vincent Iorio
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Gabriel Carlsson — Matt Irwin
7:01, 1-0 Capitals: Protas tucked in a rebound in front after Mantha blasted a shot off of the pads of goaltender Elvis Merzlikins from the top on a delayed penalty to finish a shift where they dominated possession time in the offensive zone.
Protas on the follow up! pic.twitter.com/y3ptLNBTCl
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 1, 2022
12:03, 1-1: Right-wing Carson Meyer poked home a whiffed pass from center Sean Kuraly on a one-timer in front of Lindgren after a turnover by the Capitals. The goal ended a stretch of exactly 112 straight minutes of shutout netminding from the Darcy Kuemper-Lindgren duo for the Capitals.
happy first goal of spooky season 🎃🎃 pic.twitter.com/AaxMRy1rUi
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) October 1, 2022
Shots: 14-6 WSH
Other notable stats: 4-1 takeaways WSH, 64% faceoff-winning percentage CBJ
Shots: 28-15 WSH (including 14-9 in second)
Other notable stats: 5-1 WSH takeaways
6:46, 2-1 Blue Jackets: Right-wing Yegor Chinakov ripped one over the glove of Lindgren after picking the puck up off of the half-wall.
YEGOR BOMBS ALL AROUND 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/IfrwQElXzn
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) October 2, 2022
Shots: 34-20 WSH (including 6-5 in the third)
Other notable stats: The Blue Jackets led 14-6 in blocked shots but the Capitals led 6-2 in takeaways.
Next game: Wednesday vs. Detroit Red Wings (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington)
By Harrison Brown
Based on what I saw tonight, (granted, it was a stream not live action) I would be surprised if either McMichael or Lapierre made the team out of camp. I’d rather keep Malenstyn, Pilon and/or AJF around and let McMichael and Lapierre get big minutes in Hershey.
Protas needs to stay in DC… and play! Snively too, though he wasn’t in tonite.
Iorio made some booboos tonite, showing his inexperience… He should also start in Hershey but I would not be surprised if he and Fehervary become a top 4 defense pair within a couple of seasons. The top pairing tool set is definitely there for both of them.
I agree with your assessment on C-Mac and Lapierre. C-Mac is waivers exempt and could yo-to between Hershey and Washington when needed. I’ve loved Beck and Peels games since day one, I just don’t know if there is room. Protas and Snively make good cases for the final two forward spots.
I want CMC and HL in Hershey so they play C…
Snively and Beck stay…
Tough waivers coming up.
Beck is making a case to stay up. Not sure Pilon will ultimately stay with Caps. AJF has been Ok. Mojo has looked good and will stay on the roster.