Beck Malenstyn Remains In Lineup: Notes From Capitals Practice

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday for an optional skate following their 6-3 victory over the Devils on Monday night in New Jersey. The team held one final full practice Wednesday morning before departing for Texas in advance of their tilt with the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.


Beck Malenstyn, who made his first start of the season against the Devils on Monday night, remained in the lineup on Wednesday morning.

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


Head coach Peter Laviolette discussed the Capitals forward lines and Malenstyn during his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday morning.

“I really liked his game. I think he had six hits. That line generated offense, I think they had one or two goals, and he chipped in with an assist and six hits. That’s exactly what we were looking for him on that line, because of what we expect from that line, the defensive draws and going against top opponents and the physicality in which they need to play with.”


Laviolette said, defensively, the team is still missing significant assignments on the backend.


In the “sight for sore eyes” category, Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom both skated before practice on Wednesday.

Per a team spokesperson, this was the first time Backstrom and Wilson took the ice in their respective rehabs. They aren’t yet ready to fully resume skating and it will be another few days before they do so again.


We’ve discussed the use of the ‘expected goals’ stat for assessing the performance of forwards, but the stat is also quite useful for assessing goaltenders. The expected goals against (xGA) stat indicates the quantity and quality of shots and resultant “expected goals” a goaltender has typically yielded based on historical data.

The following graph plots the goals differential – ‘expected goals’ against minus actual goals against (xGA – GA) for each of the league’s goaltenders with a minimum of two games played. [Click to enlarge].

Charlie Lindgren has the 11th-best goals differential at 2.97. That means he’s allowed 2.97 goals less than is “expected”. Darcy Kuemper currently sits at -2.30, meaning he’s yielded 2.3 more goals than expected.


  • John Carlson collected his 599th career point on Monday at New Jersey, recording the primary assist on Alex Ovechkin’s eventual game-winning goal. Carlson is now one point shy of passing Michal Pivonka for the fifth-most points in Capitals franchise history and becoming the first defenseman in franchise history to reach the 600-point mark.

By Jon Sorensen

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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13 Responses to Beck Malenstyn Remains In Lineup: Notes From Capitals Practice

  1. Anonymous says:

    wow, Samy is 3rd!

  2. Jonathan says:

    “Darcy Kuemper currently sits at -2.30, meaning he’s yielded 2.3 more goals than expected.”

    The stats are taken from all his games, but the eye test tells you that he’s allowed to many rebounds, but that as he’s gotten more time on the ice, there has been slow but stead improvement. It’s been said by one of you local analysts that he compares to Holtby in being a ‘slow starter’. I can see that in Kuemper. I wonder if a graph of his games would show what my eyes are telling me. The Holtby comparison relaxed my concern when I heard it. It made sense for a goalie that plays many games throughout a season. I think he’s fine, and certainly there’s no concern on my part. Lets see as the season progresses how his numbers change.

  3. Jonathan says:

    John Carlson with the Larry Murphy type respect. O Cap fans…..

  4. novafyre says:

    Weren’t excessive rebounds a problem with Darcy last year? I seem to remember reading that when the Bolls played them.

    I think we could have a Grubby/Holtbeast goalie competition.

    I always felt that Holtby rusted too quickly — a week off, some time injured, a week at the All Stars, and he lost ground and had to take time to make it up. I hope Darcy isn’t like that.

  5. Anonamouse says:

    Generally I can’t stand listening to the 23 hour a day football talk station. But I would tune in for Caps interviews, anyone got a schedule on when the players/coach call in?

  6. Jon Sorensen says:

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