Dmitry Orlov Skates, Lines Remain The Same: Notes From Morning Skate In The Emerald City

The Washington Capitals made their way from Vancouver, Canada to Seattle, Washington following their 5-1 win over the Canucks on Tuesday night. They face the Kraken tonight with Puck drop is set for 10PM ET. (PREVIEW).

The team held their gameday morning skate at Climate Pledge Arena on Thursday at 11:30AM local time. The forward lines and defensive pairs per Samantha Pell/Washington Post:

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

Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Dmitry Orlov participated in morning skate as an extra (with Alex Alexeyev). Orlov has been out since being injured on Nov. 5 (11 games). Orlov didn’t travel with the team to New Jersey/Vancouver. This is the first game on the road trip he’ll be present for. The Capitals will need to make a roster move when he officially returns.

Extras: Dmitry Orlov, Joe Snively, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Alex Alexeyev

Injuries: Tom Wilson (ACL), Nicklas Backstrom (hip), Carl Hagelin (hip), Connor Brown, Beck Malenstyn (finger).


The Capitals make their second-ever visit to Climate Pledge Arena tonight when they face the Seattle Kraken at 7 p.m. PT. Washington 1-1-0 all-time versus Seattle and have a record of 5-0-1 against Pacific Division opponents this season. The basic stats heading into tonight’s tilt:

This is not a your last season’s Kraken, at least thru first quarter of season, as they are averaging nearly four goals a game. They are vulnerable on the penalty kill (30th in NHL) and in faceoffs (31st in NHL).

The Kraken have a large advantage in HDGF%, but #Caps are rebounding from a poor start in the high-danger area. Same for xGF%.


Today’s stat presents the Capitals expected goals for percentage (xGF%) for each game so far this season. [Click to enlarge].

Since 11/1 (Vegas) the Capitals have an xGF% of 52.66% (over the last 13 games). They have an xGF% of 55.87% over last seven games. (Reminder that anything over 50% is good.

[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.]


Today’s bonus stat is provided by StatMuse. According to their site the Capitals have the best record for underdogs since the 20172018 season.


Connor McMichael scored his second goal with the Bears since his return to the AHL. It came on the power play.

For what it’s worth, McMichael is playing on the first power play unit while Hendrix Lapierre is playing on the second unit. Having said that, both units are relatively stacked with talent, and Bears head coach Todd Nelson started the second unit on one power play last night.

Hendrix Lapierre scored his 5th goal of the season last night in the Bears 4-2 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Lapierre has five goals and nine assists for 14 points, which is currently tied with Mason Morelli for the team lead in points.

Alexander Suzdalev recorded two goals, including the overtime game-winner, on Tuesday night. Suzdalev’s first tally of the night came in the third period.

Suzdalev’s second tally of the night was the overtime game-winner. He received the setup feed from Connor Bedard and hammered a one-timer.

Suzdalev added another power play goal on Wednesday night in Kamloops against the Blazers.

Suzdalev now has 15 goals and 15 assist in 24 games played so far this season. He is expected to depart Regina in the coming days in order to join Team Sweden in their preparations for the upcoming 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship beginning in late December. The 47th edition of the Championship is scheduled to be held from December 26, 2022 through January 5, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

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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9 Responses to Dmitry Orlov Skates, Lines Remain The Same: Notes From Morning Skate In The Emerald City

  1. Anonymous says:

    So who departs when Orlov returns?

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s going to get interesting here shortly.

    • Anonymous says:


    • mikecaps says:


      • Jon Sorensen says:

        I get what your saying. But Lavi LOVES Irwin. Had him in Nashville, brought him here, just raved about him in presser this week. I don’t see him going anywhere. Not that i agree. He just seems to be Lavi’s guy.

        • Anonymous says:

          I I agree. I don’t see it, don’t think it’s the right move, but it’s what will happen because of what you said. If by some odd chance they try and waive Alexeyev to get him playing time in Hershey, and they lose him to waivers, there will be rioting in the streets. See Jonas Siegenthaler for affects of veterans over youth. We’ve learned from this.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good to see Orly again. Hard to believe we’ve made this recent resurgence without him.

  3. Anonymous says:

    We’re getting the band back together!

  4. Jon Sorensen says:

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