Tom Wilson And Nicklas Backstrom Skate In Non-Contact Jerseys, Dmitry Orlov Skates In Regular Jersey: Notes From Capitals’ Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals returned home from their season-long six-game road trip Wednesday night following their 4-1 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia. The team had a much-deserved day-off on Thursday before returning to work on Friday morning. They next host the Seattle Kraken tonight at Capital One Arena with puck drop set for 7PM ET.

The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs at morning skate courtesy of Tom Gulitti/

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
Trevor van Riemsdyk  — Nick Jensen
Alexander Alexeyev — Matt Irwin

Charlie Lindgren
Hunter Shepard

Extras: Joe Snively, Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Dmitry Orlov skated in a regular jersey. Charlie Lindgren and Hunter Shepard were the two goalies in net for Capitals’ morning skate. Lindgren was the first off the ice, indicating he will most likely get the start.

Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom skated before and participated in the Capitals team morning skate this morning at MedStar. They donned non-contact jerseys.

Orlov was paired with Aube-Kubel as extras. Joe Snively, Tom Wilson Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom mixed in with other lines. Darcy Kuemper and Martin Fehervary did not participate in morning skate.


Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol confirmed that Jaden Schwartz will not play tonight. He is out day-to-day with an upper body injury. He also confirmed that Philipp Grubauer will get the start in net.

The Washington Capitals wrap up their regular-season series with the Seattle Kraken on Friday just eight days after falling at Climate Pledge Arena by a score of 3-2 in overtime despite leading 2-0 after the first period. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington+ in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 7 PM ET


The Capitals faceoff winning percentage, like most of the team’s stats, had a rough start to the 2022-23 season. Also similar to a number of stats, the team’s faceoff winning percentage continues to improve over the last month. [Click to enlarge].

The Capitals currently have a team faceoff winning percentage of 48.4%, which is 22nd-best in the league.


Clay Stevenson was recalled by the Bears earlier this week (here). The Bears have a three-game set this weekend, so it’s likely Stevenson would get one of the starts, possibly on Saturday, should the goaltending situation remain the same for the Capitals and Bears.

Ivan Miroshnichenko recorded 2 shots and 2 hits in his third KHL game on Thursday. He has moved from 13th forward (4:28 TOI) in his first KHL game to LW on the 4th line (9:13 TOI) in his second game and was LW on the third line (12:04 TOI) against Ak Bars on Thursday.


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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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10 Responses to Tom Wilson And Nicklas Backstrom Skate In Non-Contact Jerseys, Dmitry Orlov Skates In Regular Jersey: Notes From Capitals’ Morning Skate

  1. Anonymous says:

    So glad we traded varna for a third liner. Where does no good mantha go when wilson comes back

  2. Anonymous says:

    That is a sight for sore eyes!

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

    Laviolette discusses Wilson and Backstrom skating.

  4. novafyre says:

    Lavi continues to push the vets. Another opportunity for Hunter to gain experience and for the Caps and Bears to gain data needed to improve his development and they blow it away. Compare with the KHL and Miro. Compare with Bears and Clay.

  5. Mr. Krabs says:

    Heading up to Choctown for tomorrow nights game. Hope Clay gets the start, I’m eager to see him play.

  6. Glizzy says:

    Why does Snively not play? He was electric in a small sample size last year at the very least him and protas need to trade off games. Lavi hates younger players I’ll never understand it

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