Tom Wilson was absent from the Capitals’ morning skate Tuesday ahead of the team’s matchup with the Calgary Flames.
The Capitals forward was replaced during rushes by Travis Boyd on the second line.
Michal Kempny, who has been out injured since March of last season, will make his grand return to the lineup Friday night against the New York Rangers.
The Capitals defenseman skated on the third pairing with Radko Gudas during the morning skate.
The Washington Capitals have lost four of their last five games, including last night’s 6-3 throttling to the Colorado Avalanche. In an effort to jumpstart his team, head coach Todd Reirden has changed up the lines.
Tuesday during practice, literally every forward line was different.
After the first three games of the regular season, the Washington Capitals made several roster moves on Sunday to accommodate what their actual regular-season roster will look like. The Capitals put Travis Boyd on waivers, demoted Martin Fehervary, and sent Jonas Siegenthaler down to Hershey for a day.
Those moves opened up two roster spots and just enough money to accommodate Evgeny Kuznetsov and Michal Kempny back onto the active roster. Kuznetsov is returning from a three-game suspension while Kempny rehabbed a hamstring injury suffered last season.
Monday, both players re-joined rushes during practice. Here’s how the lines stacked up.
The Washington Capitals announced their new lines and updated groups after cutting 18 players from Training Camp earlier in the day.
The lines look about how you’d expect the team to line up in the regular season once Evgeny Kuznetsov returns from suspension.
Take a look.
After the Carolina Hurricanes throttled the Caps in Game Three, something had to change.
To that end, Todd Reirden has shuffled all of his lines and the bottom defensive pair to get the Caps back to their winning ways in Game Four.
The only thing that has remained the same from Game Three are the top two defensive pairs. Courtesy of Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post:
After winning the first two games of the series, the Washington Capitals are in Raleigh for Game Three against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Capitals debuted one change to their lines after Alex Ovechkin brought back the hot lap.
Jakub Vrana has been bumped up to the second line while Carl Hagelin will skate on the team’s third.
After scoring an empty-net goal to seal the win for the Capitals on Thursday night, Lars Eller missed practice Friday to tend to an upper-body injury.
It’s the second maintenance day Eller’s needed this week.
Recently-acquired forward Carl Hagelin hit the ice at KeyBank Center for his first practice as a Washington Capital on Friday.
Hagelin joined Nic Dowd and Chandler Stephenson on the fourth line.
During All-Star Weekend, Braden Holtby suggested to John Carlson, the winner of the NHL’s Hardest Shot competition, that he should replace Alex Ovechkin on the left dot of the powerplay.
“Yeah. I should, yeah,” Carlson responded smiling. “I don’t know if he’d like it though.”
With Ovechkin suspended Friday for skipping the league’s All-Star Game, Carlson had a chance to do so against the Calgary Flames, but Capitals head coach Todd Reirden has other ideas.
Right wing TJ Oshie will move to the Ovi Spot™ on the Caps first powerplay unit.
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