The Washington Capitals held an optional gameday morning skate at 11:30AM PT at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Tuesday. They begin their annual slate of games in the northwest tonight when they face the Canucks. Puck drop is set for 10PM ET.
FORWARD LINES AND DEFENSIVE PAIRS
There were no line rushes this morning due to the optional skate. The forward lines and defensive pairs at yesterday’s practice look to be set for tonight against the Canucks.
Alex Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — Conor Sheary
Sonny Milano— Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson — Lars Eller — Anthony Mantha
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway
Erik Gustafsson — John Carlson
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Extras: Joe Snively, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Alex Alexeyev.
Injuries: Tom Wilson (ACL), Nicklas Backstrom (hip), Carl Hagelin (hip), Connor Brown, Beck Malenstyn (finger), and Dmitry Orlov (lower-body)
Capitals had an optional morning skate here in Vancouver. Lines from practice yesterday should hold up for tonight’s game vs Canucks. pic.twitter.com/U4yHUSwjQi
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) November 29, 2022
The Capitals visit the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena for the second and final meeting between the teams this season.
The Capitals defeated the Canucks 6-4 on Oct. 17 at Capital One Arena, overcoming a two-goal third-period deficit with four unanswered goals in the final frame. Alex Ovechkin recorded four points (2g, 2a) in the comeback win and Evgeny Kuznetsov registered three third-period assists, including his 500th career point. More here.
— Harrison Brown (@HarrisonB927077) November 29, 2022
Over their past nine games (3-5-1), the Capitals have a +8 goal-differential in wins but a -17 goal-differential in losses.
STAT OF THE DAY – NETMINDING PROWESS
Today’s stat of the day is courtesy of JFreshHockey. It lists the goals saved above expected (xGA – GA) for all 32 teams.
The Capitals goaltending tandem remains in the top-10 at +6.9 goals saved above expected. Anything over 0 is good.
DOWN ON THE FARM
Alexander Suzdalev attempted The Michigan again this past weekend. I’ve had the pleasure of watching all but a couple of his games so far this season, and by my count, this was his 4th attempt. He came very close on this one, and for him, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) November 26, 2022
Hunter Shepard has stopped 56 of 58 shots faced (.966%) in his last two starts and was named player of the game in both starts. He now leads the AHL in GAA (1.69) and is tied for first in sv% (.940%).
By Jon Sorensen