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Capitals' Hunter Shepard: Dropped to AHL
Shepard was returned to AHL Hershey on Monday, per the NHL media site.
Shepard will be replaced in the lineup as the backup goalie by Charlie Lindgren (illness), who will return from a one-game absence. Darcy Kuemper will start between the pipes against the Coyotes on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Charlie Lindgren: Back on the ice Monday
Lindgren (illness) skated as part of Monday's optional skate and should be available against Arizona, Bailey Johnson of The Washington Post reports.
Lindgren was on the ice with fellow reserve netminder Hunter Shepard, so it's possible either goalie could dress as the backup behind Darcy Kuemper on Monday. Eventually, the Caps will return Shepard to the minors, with Lindgren slotting into the No. 2 role. A back-to-back against the Rangers and Blackhawks on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, could be the next time Lindgren gets a start.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Darcy Kuemper: Starting in Arizona
Kuemper will guard the road goal Monday against the Coyotes, Bailey Johnson of The Washington Post reports.
In his last outing, Kuemper made 32 saves on 35 shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Vegas. He has posted a 5-5-2 record this season with a 3.04 GAA and an .894 save percentage over 12 games played. Arizona ranks 15th in the league this campaign with 3.22 goals per contest.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Healthy scratch Monday
Kuznetsov will be a healthy scratch Monday against Arizona, according to Bailey Johnson of The Washington Post.
Kuznetsov only has one goal in his past six outings. The 31-year-old forward has struggled this season, picking up four goals and five assists over 19 appearances. Matthew Phillips will probably return to the lineup Monday after being scratched for the past two contests.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Charlie Lindgren: Skates before practice
Lindgren (illness) was on the ice prior to Sunday's practice, Bailey Johnson of The Washington Post reports.
Lindgren was held out of Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights, but he appears to be making a quick recovery. The 29-year-old's availability for Monday's clash with the Coyotes has yet to be determined. Still, the Capitals can breathe a sigh of relief that Lindgren's absence isn't likely to be a lengthy one. He has posted a 2.30 GAA and .934 save percentage behind a 5-2-0 record this season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' John Carlson: Bags apple in loss
Carlson picked up an assist and four PIM in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Carlson is up to seven helpers and a plus-6 rating over his last nine contests. He had the secondary assist on Tom Wilson's third-period tally. Carlson is up to 14 points, 45 shots on net, 48 blocked shots and a plus-1 rating through 21 outings this season. He's a little behind the pace that saw him rack up 29 points in 40 games last year, a campaign that was shortened by a long-term injury absence.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Dylan Strome: Gathers helper in loss
Strome picked up an assist and three shots on goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Strome snapped a four-game point drought when he set up Tom Wilson's third-period tally. The Capitals have scored just nine times over the last five games, so it's not unusual that Strome's been affected by the team's struggles. The 26-year-old center has been one of the better forwards on the roster with eight goals, three helpers, 41 shots on net and a plus-2 rating through 21 contests overall.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Tom Wilson: Breaks up shutout bid
Wilson scored a goal on two shots, added two PIM and logged two hits in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
Wilson scored with 3:14 left in the game to break up Logan Thompson's shutout bid. With four goals over his last two games, Wilson has found his shot during the Capitals' road trip out west. He's also been on the top line consistently in recent games, which helps his chances to produce offense. The heavy-hitting winger is up to eight goals, five assists, 62 shots on net, 59 hits, 45 PIM and a minus-5 rating through 21 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Darcy Kuemper: Little help in loss
Kuemper stopped 32 of 35 shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights. The fourth goal was an empty-netter.
Kuemper started consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch from Oct. 27-Nov. 2. He did alright but received no goal support until Tom Wilson tallied with 3:14 left in the third period. Kuemper's gone 2-2-0 with 12 goals allowed over his last four outings. The plainly average stretch has him down to 5-5-2 with a 3.04 GAA and an .894 save percentage through 12 starts this season. The Capitals' road trip ends Monday in Arizona, and Kuemper is likely to start if Charlie Lindgren has not recovered from the illness that kept him from suiting up Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Charlie Lindgren: Dealing with illness
Lindgren is dealing with an illness and will consequently miss Saturday's road game against Vegas, Tarik El-Bashir of Monumental Sports Network reports.
Lindgren has a 5-2-0 record, 2.30 GAA and .934 save percentage in seven contests this season. Darcy Kuemper is expected to face the Golden Knights. Hunter Shepard, who was summoned from AHL Hershey, is penciled in as the backup goaltender, though he didn't arrive in time for the pregame warmups.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Hunter Shepard: Up from AHL
Shepard was called up from AHL Hershey on Saturday.
Shepard has a 2.66 GAA and an .898 save percentage in 10 outings with Hershey this year. He also has a 2-0-0 record, 2.50 GAA and .915 save percentage in two contests with Washington. Darcy Kuemper is expected to start in Saturday's road game against Vegas, but Shepard could suit up as the backup goalie after Charlie Lindgren missed the morning skate for maintenance reasons.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Darcy Kuemper: Starting in Vegas
Kuemper will defend the road net Saturday against Vegas, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' official site reports.
Kuemper is coming off a 28-save effort in Thursday's 5-4 win over Anaheim. He has a 5-4-2 record this season with a 3.04 GAA and an .892 save percentage through 11 appearances. Vegas sits 18th in the league this campaign with 3.13 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicolas Aube-Kubel: Produces assist in win
Aube-Kubel logged an assist and four PIM in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Ducks.
Aube-Kubel opened his 2023-24 campaign with three points over his first two games, then went scoreless in his next five outings. That slump ended with a secondary helper on a Nic Dowd tally in the first period of Thursday's win. Aube-Kubel is up to four points, six shots on net, 16 hits, four PIM an a plus-3 rating through eight contests in a fourth-line role this season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Rasmus Sandin: Ends drought with helper
Sandin logged an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Ducks.
Sandin had been held off the scoresheet in five straight games entering Thursday. He ended the slump by setting up Nic Dowd's first-period tally. Sandin was a popular breakout candidate at the start of the year, but he's fallen flat with five helpers, 27 shots on net, 44 blocked shots, 18 hits and a plus-4 rating over 20 outings this season. While the offense isn't all there yet, he's still in a top-four role.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' John Carlson: Sends two power-play assists
Carlson recorded a pair of power-play assists, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Ducks.
Carlson helped out on two of Tom Wilson's three goals in the contest. Over the last eight games, Carlson has managed six helpers and a plus-7 rating. The 33-year-old defenseman hasn't been all that negatively affected by the Capitals' sluggish offense this season -- he's up to 13 points, 44 shots on net, 48 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating over 20 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Dishes two power-play helpers
Ovechkin notched two power-play assists, five shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Ducks.
Ovechkin set up two Tom Wilson power-play markers, with the latter of those goals standing as the game-winner. Prior to Thursday, Ovechkin had gone four games without a point. The 38-year-old winger is at a modest five tallies and nine assists through 20 contests this season. He's added 77 shots on net, 42 hits and a minus-1 rating. It's unlikely Ovechkin shoots a meager 6.5 percent all season, but it's also possible his age is starting to catch up to him.... See More ... See Less
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