T.J. Oshie Misses Morning Skate, Nic Dowd Returns, Martin Fehervary Skates In Non-Contact Jersey: Notes From Capitals Monday Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Monday morning for final preparations for the Detroit Red Wings. The two teams do battle tonight at Capital One Arena, with puck drop set for just after 7PM.


The forward lines and defensive pairs at morning skate on Monday, courtesy of Tom Gulitti/NHL.com:

Alex Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — Conor Sheary
Sonny Milano— Evgeny Kuznetsov — Anthony Mantha
Marcus Johansson — Lars Eller — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Erik Gustafsson — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Charlie Lindgren
Darcy Kuemper

Extras: Lucas Johansen, Joe Snively

Capitals PP1: Carlson, Ovechkin, Strome (in Oshie spot), Kuznetsov, Johansson

PP2: Gustafsson, Orlov, Sheary, Mantha, Milano.

T.J. Oshie (upper body) did not participate in the team’s morning skate. He was injured in the second period of Saturday night’s game against the Maple Leafs and did not return.

Nic Dowd (lower body) returned to the Capitals morning skate today after missing game Saturday. T.J. Oshie (upper body) did not participate this morning.

Martin Fehervary (upper body) was on the ice for Caps’ morning skate in a non-contact jersey. It was the first time he has skated with the team since his injury.

Nicklas Backstrom continues to skate in regular (full-contact) jersey. Tom Wilson also continues to skate in non-contact jersey.

Alex Alexeyev returned to skate in non-contact jersey.

Capitals will wait to see how Kuemper makes it through the morning skate to see if he can back up and then could potentially send down Zach Fucale and Hunter Shepard (depending upon Shepard’s health).

Update: Darcy Kuemper has been cleared to return from IR and will back up Charlie Lindgren tonight, per head coach Peter Laviolette. Nic Dowd is a game-time decision.


The Washington Capitals host the Detroit Red Wings for the second of three meetings between the two teams during the regular season. Detroit defeated Washington in the first one by a score of 3-1 at Little Caesers Arena on November 3 but Washington is 16-3-3 against them since the 2011-12 season.

Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market. [Preview here.]


Sonny Milano recorded three assists on Saturday vs. Toronto, marking his second career three-assist game (also Dec. 1, 2021 vs. Vegas as a member of the Anaheim Ducks). Since making his Capitals debut on Nov. 5 versus Arizona, Milano has recorded 14 points (3g, 11a) in 20 games played.

Milano’s 11 assists rank tied for second on the Capitals during that span (Evgeny Kuznetsov: 14; Dylan Strome: 11; Alex Ovechkin: 11), while his 14 points rank tied for fifth. In addition, Milano has recorded three multi-point games with Washington, all of which have come in Capitals’ wins. Milano’s 2.52 points per 60 minutes at five-on-five this season also leads the Capitals. Milano is five points shy of 100 career points (39g, 56a). [More here.]


Today’s stat of the day revisits is the Capitals’ expected goals differential (xGF – xGA). As we noted back on December 10 (here), the Capitals differential has been steadily improving since a season low on November 13.

The Capitals differential continues to improve, from a monthly low of -3.14 to +1.00 for the season. That’s an impressive improvement that is a reflection of the Capitals won-loss record in the month of December.


Both Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre scored in the Hershey Bears 5-2 victory over the Lehigh Vally Phantoms last night. First, Lapierre ended a five-game points drought with a power play goal.

Then in the third period, Connor McMichael made an eye-popping play to give the Bears a 4-3 lead.

Ivan Miroshnichenko played in his 4th KHL game today. He recorded 3 shots and 3 hits in just 6:18 of ice time. He is definitely making the most of his ice 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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13 Responses to T.J. Oshie Misses Morning Skate, Nic Dowd Returns, Martin Fehervary Skates In Non-Contact Jersey: Notes From Capitals Monday Morning Skate

  1. novafyre says:

    How long has it been since Snively was actually in a game, NHL or AHL? Since he’s not on the ice with the expected 20 game players, what exactly does he do in practice?

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Biscuit had the exact same question!

      • novafyre says:

        So you’re going to make me do the work? Ok. Best I can tell, Snively has not played at all with Hershey this year. He has played in five Caps games, last one being Nov 15 against Panthers. Since then, he has sat for 15 Caps games, over a month. This season, Caps and Bears together have played 61 games and he has played in 5.

        Any player coming back from injury will tell you that practice is fine but they needed to get back in the game. Biscuit is right to ask that question.

        I assume that Lavi doesn’t feel that Snively is better than his other options yet GMBM is afraid if he is sent down, some other team will grab him off waivers. So Snively just sits and goes stale. Again, what does he even do in practice? Does he ever practice with the players who are going to play that night?

        • KimRB says:

          Personally I’m not too worried about Snives, but look at what Milano has done. 14 pts in 20 games, or. 7 pts/gm. All for league minimum. Maybe the best value contract in all of the NHL. Can we lock this kid up for awhile?

          • novafyre says:

            Agree about Milano. But I do worry about Snively’s development as I worried about McM’s and any of the players who were in the COVID taxi. Sitting out tons of games is just not good for player development.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How does Backstrom shed his non contact jersey and Wilson still has his? It seemed like Wilson would be closer to playing than Backstrom.

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

  4. Anonymous says:

    What will happen to Alexeyev?

    • KimRB says:

      I’ll take Boneheaded Capitals Decisions for $200, Alex

      Answer: Sent down to Hershey, or claimed on waivers by another team.

      You already provided the question

  5. Jon Sorensen says:

    This was funny.

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