Peter Laviolette Misses Morning Skate Due To Non-Covid Illness: Notes From Saturday’s Morning Skate

The Capitals returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex Saturday morning for their game day morning skate following a day off on Friday. They next host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Capital One Arena. (Preview)

LINES AND PAIRS AT MORNING SKATE

Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette missed morning skate due to a non-Covid illness and will be a game-time decision. Evgeny Kuznetsov returned to the lines after serving a one-game suspension:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Conor Sheary
Marcus Johansson — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
Aliaksei Protas — Lars Eller — Anthony Mantha
Joe Snively — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Extras: Beck Malenstyn, Matt Irwin and Connor McMichael

The Washington Capitals host the Los Angeles Kings for the first of two meetings this season. The teams split their season series last season, including a 3-2 victory by Los Angeles in their lone visit to the District on December 20. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market beginning at 7 PM ET.

Over their last three games, the Capitals have converted on five out of nine power play opportunities (55.6 percent), including two power play goals against Ottawa on Thursday.

The Capitals have now scored multiple power play goals in consecutive games and have scored on the power play in three-straight contests. During the three-game stretch, Dylan Strome (1g, 2a) and Marcus Johansson (0g, 3a) lead Washington with three power play points each.

Following tonight’s game with the Kings, the Capitals will hit the road for four consecutive games (Devils, Stars, Predators, Hurricanes) over a 10-day span. Their next home game is set for November 1 against the Vegas Knights.

DAILY STAT – GOALS SAVED ABOVE EXPECTED

Today’s daily stat comes from hockey analytics specialist JFresh, which plots goals saved above expected per 60. (Expected goals against minus goals against per 60). We’ve previously presented the “expected goals” stat for forwards, but the same advanced stat can be utilized for goaltenders.

The stat aggregates all of the expected goals against and subtracts the actual goals against to determine if a goaltender is saving more or less than expected. The added value of the stat is that it is somewhat inclusive of how a defense is performing in front of each goaltender, as the “expected goals against” stat reflects the amount of scoring chances a goaltender is facing.

While Darcy Klemperer is currently ranked in the bottom half, Kuemper actually had an excellent outing against Ottawa on Thursday night, stopping 10 of 11 high-danger chances and posting a .927 game save percentage.

SHAVINGS

  • Capitals-Kings Game Notes
  • Grant Cruikshank, who attended Capitals development camp over the summer, is heating up for St. Cloud St.

Cruikshank, from Delafield, Wis, played last season for the Minnesota Gophers and spent three seasons with Colorado college before that. Hetransferee to St. Cloud Statefor his 5th year of eligibility this fall.

In his one season with the Gophers, Cruikshank had seven goals, 15 points, was a plus-8 and won 55.3% (83-67) of his faceoffs in 33 games playing mostly wing. He helped Minnesota win the Big 10 regular season title and reach its first Frozen Four since 2014.

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 Peter Laviolette Misses Morning Skate Due To Non-Covid Illness: Notes From Saturday’s Morning Skate

  1. Anonymous says:

    So who takes over if Lavi can’t go?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Big game out of Kuzy tonight. He typically responds when he feels he let the team down.

  3. DWGie26 says:

    I’ll be taking my 18 year old son and a couple of his friends tonight. Looking forward to being in the barn!

    Will be interesting to see Snively at 4LW. He does bring some wheels to the line. Hopefully works better than the preseason. I want to see Beck in at some point. 🙂

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