Darcy Kuemper To Start, Dmitry Orlov Remains Out Against Flames

Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media this morning. He announced that Darcy Kuemper will get the start in goal and that Dmitry Orlov would remain out of the lineup this afternoon against the Calgary Flames.

The Capitals host the Calgary Flames today at 2 p.m. at Capital One Arena for the first of two meetings between the teams this season. Washington has earned at least one point in six-straight games against the Flames (5-0-1).

It is expected that Charlie Lindgren will get the start against the Devils tomorrow in New Jersey. Lindgren played vs. the Devils on Oct. 24 (38 saves in 6-3 victory).

Positive Trends

After a dismal start and season-low on 10/24, the Capitals xGF% at 5v5 rolling average has been steadily improving. The Capitals have an xGF% of 52.01% in their last 10 games.

The statistics used in this post are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick. If you’d like to learn more about the statistical terms used in this post, please check out our NHL Analytics Glossary.

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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16 Responses to Darcy Kuemper To Start, Dmitry Orlov Remains Out Against Flames

  1. dwgie26 says:

    Not going to game today. Will be in basement watching both Caps and USA! Still trying to recover from too much food yesterday!

    Based on practice earlier this week looks like Protas will be out and NAK in. I prefer to see Mojo at 4LW and NAK at 3RW to balance out right sticks. Plus Mojo on 4th line has been most productive lineup since Beck went out.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I hate that Team USA also plays at 2PM! Oh, well, queue up the dual screens. Let’s go Caps and 🇺🇸!

      • novafyre says:

        Having lived in London where football (soccer) is a passion, I’m rooting for England. Sorry. But will be out doing yard work so any rooting of Caps or England will be in spirit. This is when I wished NBCSW was like Bally (or AHLtv or FloHockey) and had on demand replays of games.

  2. novafyre says:

    Lavi is treading water until his real players can come back. No point in changing strategies or anything while the inferior players are in. Everything will be all right once the real players are back.

    Am reading a lot of negative national press on Darcy, not just TNT’s announcers and analysts and fans here at NovaCaps. He made a couple of top 3 or top six problems around the league. And the articles were clear that they were focused on his play, not the Caps defense.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Defense is going to be tested big time in the next 24 hours.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lets talk about resigning Strome, Milano and Sheary….MJ?

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