Player News - Capitals

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Pheonix Copley stopped 26 of 28 shots in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

It was a relatively easy night for Copley who was given leads of 3-0 and 5-1, only beaten by Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise in this one. Since giving up six goals in his opening start of the season, Washington’s backup has allowed eight goals in four games since. His record improves to 3-1-1 with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage.
Nov 13 - 10:51 PM

Dmitry Orlov scored two goals and picked up an assist in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild

Orlov started off his night with a beautiful snipe for his first goal of the season. The Russian blueliner then picked up a primary assist on Tom Wilson’s first of the season before Alex Ovechkin set him up with a great cross-ice feed for a one-timer to give the Capitals a 4-1 lead in the third period. The three-point night breaks a five-game pointless streak for Orlov. The Russian rearguard has just five points in 17 games this season.
Nov 13 - 10:46 PM

Axel Jonsson-Fjallby has been loaned to Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League.

Jonsson-Fjallby had been playing for the Hershey Bears of the AHL. He posted two goals and one assist in 16 matches.
Nov 13 - 4:04 PM

Pheonix Copley will be between the pipes on Tuesday against Minnesota.

Copley will get the nod in the first game of Washington's back-to-back situation, which probably means that Braden Holtby will play on Wednesday at Winnipeg. Copley has a 2-1-1 record this campaign with a 3.14 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.
Nov 13 - 3:06 PM

Tom Wilson will make his season debut on Tuesday night.

A neutral arbitrator reduced Wilson's suspension from 20 to 14 games, making the Capitals winger eligible to play immediately. He is projected to be back alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov versus Minnesota.
Nov 13 - 3:01 PM

Tom Wilson's 20-game suspension has been reduced to 14 games by a neutral arbitrator.

Wilson has already served 16 games, so he won't be able to just serve 14, but he'll recuperate the salary from the last two games he missed. The Capitals forward was suspended for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis' Oskar Sundqvist during the preseason, and his team has missed him pretty badly. Don't be surprised if he lines up with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin in the near future. It's unclear if he'll play tonight against the Minnesota Wild, but don't be surprised if he does.
Nov 13 - 11:23 AM

The Washington Capitals need Jakub Vrana to do a better job of taking care of the puck.

Vrana has a great amount of talent, but costly turnovers have been an issue for him. His carelessness with the puck led to him being dropped from the first line. "We'll continue to try to remove those glaring turnovers or defense mistakes from his game," head coach Todd Reirden said recently. "I think it's something that has improved compared to prior years which is why he spent the majority of the time up with those top-six guys, but it's sometimes good for a reset with some of the bottom-six guys and then start slotting him back in." The 22-year-old has four goals and seven points in 16 games this season.
Nov 13 - 10:04 AM

Aaron Ness will report to AHL Hershey.

Ness has four assists in 12 AHL games this season. He didn't play for Washington during his NHL stint.
Nov 12 - 12:43 PM

The Washington Capitals are doing a poor job on the penalty kill.

The Capitals gave up a couple of goals Sunday to Arizona on the man-disadvantage and are now 29th in the NHL as they have given up 17 goals on only 60 chances. That is bad.
Nov 12 - 8:55 AM

Braden Holtby turned aside 18 shots and allowed three goals in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

Holtby has one victory in his last six outings following Sunday's defeat. He has compiled a 1-4-1 record over that stretch to drop him to 5-5-4 on the year.
Nov 11 - 7:46 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored Washington's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Sunday.

Backstrom got the Capitals on the board at the 12:41 mark of the second period after taking a feed from Alex Ovechkin. Madison Bowey had the other assist on the play. Backstrom has two goals and four assists during a five-game point streak.
Nov 11 - 7:42 PM

Aaron Ness will be a healthy scratch on Sunday.

John Carlson is available to play versus Arizona, so Ness will be in the press box along with Jonas Siegenthaler, who played on Friday night.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 11 - 4:45 PM

Dmitrij Jaskin will be a healthy scratch on Sunday.

Jaskin had been seeing time on the top line lately, but he will head to the press box against Arizona.
Nov 11 - 4:42 PM

John Carlson (lower body) will play on Sunday against Arizona.

Carlson sat out Friday's match versus Columbus because of a lower-body injury. He is projected to play alongside Dmitry Orlov.
Nov 11 - 4:41 PM

John Carlson (lower body) is on the ice for the pregame warmups.

Carlson is listed as a game-time decision for Sunday's match against Arziona.
Nov 11 - 4:31 PM


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