Darcy Kuemper, Martin Fehervary Miss Morning Skate; Dmitry Orlov Will Not Play Tonight: Notes From Monday’s Morning Skate In Edmonton

The Washington Capitals made their way north to Edmonton, Alberta following their 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. They conclude their four-game tour of the northwest tonight when they face the Oilers. Puck-drop is set for 8:30PM ET.

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper and defenseman Martin Fehervary did not participate in morning skate. Kuemper pulled himself from the game on Saturday night. Fehervary was also injured in Saturday’s game and was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day on Monday. According to various sources, Kuemper has not been placed on injured reserve.

The forward lines at morning skate on Monday courtesy of Samantha Pell/Washington Post:

It was later reported by The Athletics’ Tarik El-Bashir that Dmitry Orlov has been ruled out for tonight, as per Laviolette. As a result, expected defensive pairs could look like this:

Erik Gustafsson — John Carlson
Matt Irwin — Nick Jensen
Alexander Alexeyev — Trevor van Riemsdyk

Extras: Joe Snively, Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Goaltender Hunter Shepard was officially recalled earlier in the day on Monday, but made his way to Edmonton on Sunday.

Injured: Martin Fehervary, Darcy Kuemper, Connor Brown, Dmitry Orlov, Carl Hagelin, Tom Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom, Beck Malenstyn.

The Capitals visit the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Rogers Place for the second of two games between the teams this season. The Capitals defeated the Oilers 5-4 in the first meeting on Nov. 7 at Capital One Arena.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (2g, 2a), Dylan Strome (2g, 1a) and Alex Ovechkin (1g, 1a) each recorded multiple points as Washington scored four power play goals in the victory.

In addition, Charlie Lindgren made 25 saves, including 12 in the third period, to earn his first win at home as a Capital. More here.


Today’s stat of the day is a snapshot from Saturday night’s game against the Flames in Calgary. It presents the expected goals for percentages (xGF%) for each of the Capitals skaters.

The numbers resemble many of the game stats from the start of the season, when most of the players were falling well below 50% in games. Are the Capitals reverting to old ways, or was it a one-night variance? We will find out Monday night against the Oilers.


Ivan Miroshnichenko made his KHL debut on Sunday. Miroshnichenko skated as a 13th forward and saw minor time on ice (4:28) as the game was more or less for getting his feet wet.

Miroshnichenko did record two hits in that small amount of ice time he did get. More on his KHL debut here.

Alexander Suzdalev scored again last night, but maybe his best play came up empty. His inventiveness on the ice was once again on display, as he attempted a lob pass over the goaltender and into the crease.

Suzdalev continues to impress with his NHL-caliber shot during the month of December. However, what is really starting to jump out with regards to his game is his inventiveness and creativity on the ice, possibly the best among all Capitals prospects at this point in time.

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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7 Responses to Darcy Kuemper, Martin Fehervary Miss Morning Skate; Dmitry Orlov Will Not Play Tonight: Notes From Monday’s Morning Skate In Edmonton

  1. Anonymous says:

    We are officially a “rag tag” bunch.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tonight should be interesting. How will they respond? Can they salvage the road trip? Tough task in Edmonton.

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

  4. Anonymous says:

    Who knows what to expect tonight.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank goodness those 10 o’clock games are behind us.

  6. novafyre says:

    Well we have one Alex as The Great Eight, but maybe we can rename the Crazy Ivan maneuver to Crazy Alex for Suzdalev.

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