Alex Ovechkin, Anthony Mantha And Trevor van Riemsdyk Skate In Regular (Full Contact) Jerseys: Notes From Capitals Thursday Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals held their final workout of the 2022-23 season Thursday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. They conclude their schedule tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils at Capital One Arena, puck drop is set for just after 7PM.


Alex Ovechkin (upper body) participated in the team’s morning skate, wearing regular jersey after missing past three games.

Anthony Mantha (lower body) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body) also skated in regular jerseys.

The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs, courtesy of Tom Gulitti/

Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Craig Smith
Conor Sheary – Dylan Strome – Tom Wilson
Sonny Milano – Evgeny Kuznetsov — Joe Snively/Anthony Mantha
Beck Malenstyn – Aliaksei Protas – Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Martin Fehervary – John Carlson
Rasmus Sandin – Nick Jensen
Alex Alexeyev – Trevor van Riemsdyk

Darcy Kuemper
Reid Cooper

Ovechkin also worked with first power play unit, so signs are pointing to him playing tonight.

Peter Laviolette said Alex Ovechkin, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Anthony Mantha and Matt Irwin are all game-time decisions. Nic Dowd is out.

Charlie Lindgren has an upper-body injury and won’t be dressing tonight, but Laviolette said he’s OK/not considered to be serious. Lindgren was at the rink and watched some of the morning skate today.

The Capitals announced Thursday morning that they have signed goaltender Reid Cooper of Curry College to an ATO to serve as Darcy Kuemper’s backup tonight, with Charlie Lindgren out with an injury. [MORE HERE]


Today’s stat of the day looks at the expected goals differential for all 32 teams in the league so far this season. [Click to enlarge].

The Capitals currently sit 15th in the league with a differential of essentially zero. (-0.3).

[The statistics used in this post are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick and the NoVa Caps Advanced Analytics Model (NCAAM). If you’d like to learn more about the statistical terms used in this post, please check out our NHL Analytics Glossary]


Ethen Frank was named to the AHL’s All Rookie Team for the 2022-23 season. [MORE HERE]

Bogdan Trineyev made his AHL regular season debut on Tuesday night in the Bears 4-3 loss to the Checkers. Bears head coach Todd Nelson spoke about Trineyev’s first game. [MORE HERE]

The Bears have two more games remaining in their regular season schedule, Friday against the Islanders in Bridgeport and Saturday at home against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.


  • The worst regular season loss in Penguins franchise history [Pensburg]

  • The Chicago Blackhawks announced this morning that tonight will be Jonathan Toews’ last game as a Blackhawk
  • As the Caps season closes, a goalie from Curry College gets a surprise call [WAPO]

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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10 Responses to Alex Ovechkin, Anthony Mantha And Trevor van Riemsdyk Skate In Regular (Full Contact) Jerseys: Notes From Capitals Thursday Morning Skate

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a shafting of Hunter Shepard. I wonder if he made a pass at someone’s wife.

    • Anonymous says:

      More than likely he couldn’t have been recalled due to Cap space. A bunch of teams are having to sign goalies on ATO this past week or so.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Put me down for 4 Ovechkin goals tonight.

    • Anonymous says:

      If there was ever a game where the Capitals sole mission is to get Ovechkin 4-5 goals, tonight is the night.

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

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  5. Prevent Defense says:

    Thank You So Much NovaCapsFans staff for providing the link to that wonderful article in “Pensburg,com.” Really enjoyed all the melodramatic teeth-gnashing. 1245 words of sour grapes. Peng-whines, indeed! Why stop with dismissing the General Manager? Bring on the Firing Squad!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      You bet, Prevent! Perspective! You breakdown of the article is spot on.

    • KimRB says:

      If my team had FIVE Stanley Cups in my lifetime, you wouldn’t hear a peep out of me! I cried when we got one. What a bunch of entitled, spoiled, whiny little biotches. If you can’t take losing, DON’T WATCH! Try a nice game of Solitaire, or Candy Crush, instead.

  6. KimRB says:

    Congratulations to Johnathan Toews, on a fine career. Good job, big guy! I believe he was drafted one spot before our own Nicky.

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