Notes From Capitals Optional Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals had an optional morning skate today ahead of their second exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings. More regulars will be in the lineup tonight after we saw more prospects in Sunday’s affair against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Here are tonight’s lines courtesy of Bailey Johnson from The Washington Post.

Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Ivan Miroshnichenko
Connor McMichael – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson
Joe Snively – Nic Dowd – T.J. Oshie
Andrew Cristall – Mike Sgarbossa – Pierrick Dube

Rasmus Sandin – John Carlson
Hardy Haman Aktell – Alex Alexeyev
Lucas Johansen – Vincent Iorio

Charles Lindgren
Hunter Shepard

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Ivan Miroshnichenko, Pierrick Dube and Andrew Cristall appeared to be the only ones on the ice for the Group A skate.

Alex Ovechkin and Ivan Miroshnichenko to play in Capitals Second Exhibition Game

Nick Jensen did not participate in the Group B practice squad due to personal reasons.

The Red Wings also announced their lineup. Former Capitals forward Daniel Sprong will be making an appearance. Sprong was traded to the Seattle Kraken in the 2021-22 season in exchange for Marcus Johansson, and was signed to a one-year, $2 million contract with Detroit over the offseason.

The game begins at 7 p.m., at Capital One Arena.

By Jacob Cheris

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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6 Responses to Notes From Capitals Optional Morning Skate

  1. Prevent Defense says:

    Looking forward to a Fun One tonight
    Sprong is a gamer and an attitude. Glad he’s in Camp for DET
    Miro is on the scene! So is the four-man Food Fight for the open defensemen spots on the Caps roster. Authentic Backup Goalie “controversy”
    Let’s Go Caps!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looking forward to watching the third line!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    So McMichael is on LW and Backstrom (who we are pretending is okay) on 1st line still. Miro gets a chance and is placed on a line with a handicapped centre.

    It will be a crime if Spencer lets this game go by without giving the Ovie, Kuzy, Miro line a fair shake….I guess we have to patronize Backstrom’s delusions still though.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I do like the fact that Carlson has made himself useful and is mentoring Sandin. Backstrom should barrow that line.

  5. Anonymous says:

    That Ovie action in front of the net wow!!!

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