Darcy Kuemper Will Start, Play Entire Game Against Red Wings: News From Capitals Optional Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals held an optional morning skate this morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. They host the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast by NBC Sports Washington.


Forwards: Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Borgstrom, Dylan Strome, Lars Eller, Garnet Hathaway, Connor McMichael, Connor Brown, Anthony Mantha, Aliaksei Protas, Conor Sheary, T.J. Oshie, Marcus Johansson, Joe Snively and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Defensemen: Nick Jensen, Dmitry Orlov, Martin Fehervary, Lucas Johansen, Erik Gustafssson, Trevor van Riemsdyk and John Carlson.

Goaltenders: Darcy Kuemper, Charlie Lindgren


Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette told media that Darcy Kuemper will get the start and should go the distance tonight against the Red Wings.


Several players skated after the team’s optional skate, likely indicating they will be the scratches for tonight.

So by subtracting guys still skating, here’s the Capitals lineup tonight:

F: Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Brown, Oshie, Strome, Eller, Hathaway, Sheary, McMichael, Protas, Borgstrom, Snively.

D: Carlson, Fehervary, Orlov, Jensen, TvR, Johansen.

G: Kuemper (full game), Lindgren.


The Red Wings will travel to Washington early this afternoon. It looks like former Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrána will once again miss facing his former team.

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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5 Responses to Darcy Kuemper Will Start, Play Entire Game Against Red Wings: News From Capitals Optional Morning Skate

  1. Jonathan says:

    “Players still on the ice (an unlikely to play tonight: Mantha, Johansson, Dowd, Leason, AJF, Irwin, Gustafsson.”

    That’s what I was hoping. One last look at Johansen, Borgstrom, Snively, and Protas.
    Centers I would think would be Kuzy, Strome, Eller, and Borgstrom.

    Lines might be:


  2. Anonymous says:

    LuJo playing for a spot, or it’s a trade/waivers for him.

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