Rasmus Sandin Is A Gametime Decision, Charlie Lindgren Skates: News And Notes From Capitals Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals are slowly headed in the right direction and will look to continue that trend against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. This is the first game of a five-game homestand.

Here are the Capitals projected lines for the Wild: 

Rasmus Sandin’s availability for Friday’s contest is uncertain according to Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery. He was a full participant in the morning skate and skated on the second pair with Trevor van Riemsdyk. 

Sandin took a hit sometime during the second period against the New Jersey Devils and left the game sometime during the third period. 

Charlie Lindgren also skated the full session, but served as the third goaltender and will not suit up. Hunter Shepard will be backing up Darcy Kuemper. Lindgren is slowly making progress according to Carbery.

Washington changed its forward lines ahead of the game. Anthony Mantha has been promoted to the third line with Nicklas Backstrom and Connor McMichael. Mantha had a goal and an assist against New Jersey. He was originally on a line with Aliaksei Protas and Beck Malenstyn, but Matthew Phillips will take Mantha’s spot on the right side. Meanwhile, this will be the first time this season that McMichael will not be on a line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson.

Wilson was placed back on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Dylan Strome, and Kuznetsov will skate with Sonny Milano and T.J. Oshie. 

Puck drop is slated for 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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7 Responses to Rasmus Sandin Is A Gametime Decision, Charlie Lindgren Skates: News And Notes From Capitals Morning Skate

  1. Stephen says:

    If the Caps make Sandin sit out tonight, is it too late for them to call somebody up from Hershey?

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Greetings Stephen. The Caps already have Hardy Haman Aktell and Lucas Johansen on the roster, who are currently healthy scratches. They would likely go with one of them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If Martha’s promotion to the third line is intended as a reward, it send the wrong message. He plays one game where he isn’t completely useless and is instantly rewarded, despite Carbery’s stated desire of consistent minutes.

    • Old Man Walking says:

      nope. Mantha has played well in all of the games so far and scored a goal and the game-winning assist for CMM last game. Not the wrong message, the exactly RIGHT message. Now, it is up to Mantha to make the most of the opp.

    • SoCal Steve says:

      Mantha played a fine game against the Devils. If you want to trade him and get someone of value back, he needs to show his skills. If you sit him on the bench, he’ll never get traded.

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wait, young players get hurt too…???

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