Nick Jensen, Martin Fehervary Skate With Starters, Line Changes: Notes From Capitals Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals made their way to Long Island, New York on Friday following an optional practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. They begin a two-game road trip tonight against the Islanders at UBS Arena and wrap the trip against the Rangers on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.


Defensemen Martin Fehervary (lower body) and Nick Jensen (upper body) skated with the starters this morning, indicating they could be returning to the lineup tonight.

The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs at Saturday’s gameday morning skate, courtesy of Roman Stubbs/Washington Post:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson
Sonny Milano  — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
Anthony Mantha — Nicklas Backstrom — Craig Smith
Conor Sheary — Nic Dowd — Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Rasmus Sandin — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Martin Fehervary – Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin – Alex Alexeyev

Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Extras: Aliaksei Protas, Gabriel Carlsson

John Carlson also skated for a fourth time this week, still in the non-contact blue sweater.


The Capitals visit the New York Islanders tonight at UBS Arena for the second of four meetings between the teams this season. Washington overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat the Islanders 4-3 in overtime on Jan. 16, scoring four unanswered goals to secure their largest comeback win of the season.

This weekend is the start of the Capitals’ 13th Mentor’s Trip and first since the 2019-20 season (Dec. 14-16, 2019). Players’ mentors will also be in attendance on Tuesday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Since 2008, the Capitals have posted an 16-7-0 record with their mentors in attendance. [MORE HERE]


Ivan Miroshnichenko and Avangard’s MHL team won their first playoff game on Saturday. Miroshnichenko had an assist in the game.

Capitals goaltending prospect Mitchell Gibson and Harvard University won their opening game in the ECACH Quarterfinals, 6-1 over Princeton. Gibson stopped 30 of 31 shots faced for a .969 game save percentage.


  • Capitals re-sign Trevor van Riemsdyk to three-year deal. [NoVa Caps]
    2023 NHL Mock Draft 1.0: And Connor Bedard goes to… [Daily Faceoff]
  • Fan experience fuels Tech Week [Sports Business Journal]
  • Is 5th Madison Square Garden on the horizon? [Arena Digest]
  • NHL Rumors: NHL Expansion Speculation – Houston and Atlanta [NHL Rumors]
  • And finally, another goalie fight last night, this time in the ECHL.

Post updated throughout the day.

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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9 Responses to Nick Jensen, Martin Fehervary Skate With Starters, Line Changes: Notes From Capitals Morning Skate

  1. hockeydruid says:

    Like the lines except the 3rd line where I would like to see Smith at C, Backy at RW, Mantha in the rafters and Protas at LW. At this point in the season I see no reason in not playing Protas over Mantha. Protas gains experience and honestly I fail to see where Mantha provides anything other than filling a sweater so let him sit in the rafters eating nachos. With this tam behind in points and other teams have games in hand, its time to let some of the vets and underperforming players sit starting with M
    Mantha; if he hasn’t done it in 66 games I have no faith that he will do anything in the remaining 16 other than fill a sweater as he is truly an overpaid and underperforming player.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good to see the mentors trip back again. Still think they need to do a mom’s trip every other year.

  3. KimRB says:

    Another goalie fight?

    “Hey Hanrahan, your wife ***** *****! She’s a ****! I know!”

    “Reg, what’d you say to him?”

    • Novafyre says:

      Last minutes of third Friday night fort Wayne komets and wheeling nailers. Goalies Ryan fanti and Brad barone. Buccigross retweeted it.

  4. dwgie26 says:

    I can’t believe we can’t find a spot for Protas as this point. Kinda pissing me off. Not just the youth thing but he has been a better player this year.

    I was hoping we would re-unite our first line from the winning streak:


    I’d also be fine with Smith in over Mantha. At least he gives a shit.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      This!☝️ I wonder if Protas is in Lavi’s dog house for some reason. He’s a good kid, on and off the ice, and his stats say he should be playing.

      • dwgie26 says:

        Good news Jon. I have my alerts back! I went to WorldPress and subscribed to NovaCaps and alerts. It now gives me everything. Not sure how any of that changed in first place, but at least it is working now.

        Only thing i can figure on Protas is that they want to see what Smith brings through end of year. Fine, so then sit Mantha.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Smith like Irwin are the teachers pet so they will not leave the lineup

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