The Washington Capitals made their way back to the District late Monday night following their 4-3 overtime victory over the Islanders in New York. They get right back to work tonight when they host the Minnesota Wild at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7PM.
The Capitals did not hold a morning skate on Tuesday. Head coach Peter Laviolette did meet with the media when the team arrived at Capital One Arena Tuesday afternoon. He confirmed Charlie Lindgren will get the start in goal.
Nic Dowd, who was injured in last night’s game against the Islanders, will not play tonight. “He’s going to be out for a bit. He’s still getting evaluations, but you won’t see him tonight. He’ll be a little bit. There will probably be more terminology later,” said Laviolette.
Charlie Lindgren will start in net for Capitals vs. Wild tonight, coach Peter Laviolette confirms.
Nic Dowd (lower body) will be out a while. Lars Eller back in after being healthy scratch at Islanders last night.
Laviolette said there will be other changes too
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Laviolette didn’t say what other changes he’s considering. He did say there were no issues with Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson playing on back-to-back nights following their returns from injury and he likes their line with Milano. He also said Eller would’ve played tonight even if Dowd wasn’t injured.
Laviolette said Darcy Kuemper is fine after taking a shin guard to the head from Orlov in the third period last night. He’ll back up Lindgren tonight, as planned.
From The Other Side
Filip Gustavsson will get the start in goal for the Wild tonight. Coach Dean Evason said staff debated going with Marc-Andre Fleury but was impressed with Gustavsson’s play in his most recent game.