The Washington Capitals made their way to Ottawa Wednesday afternoon following practice, and decided to pass on a formal gameday morning skate on Thursday. Head coach Peter Laviolette did meet with the media at 4:45PM Thursday afternoon to field questions before tonight’s tilt with the Senators.
At the rink for Caps/Sens. @Capitals coach Peter Laviolette says Darcy Kuemper will start in goal. His first on-ice action since Dec. 3.
And yes, Ovi is here. pic.twitter.com/tWSUynPbt5
— Adam Stanley (@adam_stanley) December 22, 2022
Laviolette announced that Darcy Kuemper will get the start tonight against the Senators. Kuemper has been out since pulling himself from the game against the Calgary Flames on December 3.
the elbow here pic.twitter.com/tm4woYIpYl
— Mike (@mikeFAIL) December 4, 2022
Kuemper is 8-9-2 with a 2.56 GAA and a .916 save percentage so far this season.
In addition, defenseman Alex Alexeyev has been reinstated on the Capitals active roster. It is unclear if he will or will not be in the lineup tonight.
Capitals defenseman Alex Alexeyev is no longer listed on Injured Reserve, per the NHL media site. He’s eligible to play tonight against the Senators should the Caps decide to put him in the lineup.
— Matt Weyrich (@ByMattWeyrich) December 22, 2022
The Capitals visit the Senators for the final time this season and the first of two games between the two teams in a week. Ottawa, who won the first meeting by a score of 5-2 on October 20, will visit the United States’ capital on December 29. Action from Canadian Tire Centre can be seen on NBC Sports Washington locally or NHL Network nationally.
By Jon Sorensen