Tom Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom And Beck Malenstyn Continue To Skate; Martin Fehervary Now Skating Solo: Notes From Capitals’ Optional Practice On Friday


The Washington Capitals returned to work on Friday following their 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. They next host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena on Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 7PM.

The team held an optional practice on Friday and will hold their game-day morning skate at 10:30AM on Saturday. Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson and Beck Malenstyn all skated at today’s optional practice.

Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette was asked for an update on the injured players.

The Capitals tangle with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night for the second meeting of the season between the two teams. Former Capitals netminder Ilya Samsonov has already been named the starter for the Maple Leafs.

Toronto has taken four straight and five of the last seven against Washington dating back to the start of the 2018-19 season, including a 3-2 win at Scotiabank Arena on October 13. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington locally or NHL Network nationally starting at 7 PM ET.

READERS POLL

With Beck Malenstyn close to returning, who would you prefer stay on the Capitals roster?

Which player do you prefer having on the Capitals roster?
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DMITRY ORLOV

With his goal Tuesday at Chicago, Orlov tied Al Iafrate (58) for the ninth-most goals by a defenseman in franchise history. Orlov, who passed Sergei Gonchar (654) for the fifth-most games played a defenseman in franchise history on Nov. 3 at Detroit, also sits 27 games shy of passing Kevin Hatcher (685) for fourth place on that list. More here.

STAT OF THE DAY – SHOTS FIRED

With five shots on goal in Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Stars, Alex Ovechkin is now just nine shots away from tying Ray Bourque on the all-time shots on goal list.

It’s probably a safe bet that Ovechkin will pass Bourque in the next three games, and potentially on the Capitals current home stand.

DOWN ON THE FARM

Thursday night was a quiet night for Washington Capitals prospects, so here are a few minutes of Alexander Suzdalev’s post-game presser on Wednesday night courtesy of the Regina Pats.

The 18-year-old is in his first year playing in North America. He scored his 18th goal of the season Wednesday night against Spokane Chiefs and now has points in eight-straight games, points in 17 of last 18 games and 31 points over last 18 games.

NOW YOU SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON’T

And finally, the digital dasher boards claimed another victim last night in the district. It appears Marcus Johansson was swallowed, whole.

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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4 Responses to Tom Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom And Beck Malenstyn Continue To Skate; Martin Fehervary Now Skating Solo: Notes From Capitals’ Optional Practice On Friday

  1. Anonymous says:

    They better not waive Malenstyn in favor of NAK. I will blow a gasket.

  2. NJC says:

    We got NAK ff waivers so think we can lose him if he gets sent down.

    • Anonymous says:

      NAK had two pretty good games this week, but agree, Malenstyn was fitting perfectly with the 4th line before injury.

  3. dwgie26 says:

    No question. Want Beck in the lineup. We need that big physical body. And only 24. I do worry about Snively when Wilson comes back. But good problem to have when you have tough choices.

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