Caps Look to Steal Columbus High
The team held morning skate at Nationwide Arena with puck-drop set for 7 pm. Tonight on CSN. The Blue Jackets had a strong showing against the Dallas Stars serving up a surprising defeat at 6-3.
Possible line changes for tonight:
Zach Sill skated with the fourth line during morning skate.
Aaron Ness skated with Taylor Chorney.
Andre Burakovsky skated with the second line.
Special note: The Caps Road Crew is in the house!
Player Call-ups and Scratches.
On Friday, the Caps recalled defenseman Ryan Stanton from the Hershey Bears. Stanton played 54 games for the Vancouver Canucks in 2014/15 and ranked fourth in hits and blocked shots for the team. This year for the Bears he has two goals and five assists in 28 games played. He also has 30 penalty minutes.
Defenseman Aaron Ness was recalled from Hershey on 31 December. He mostly likely will fill in for Carlson tonight. The 5’10, 187 pound Ness has played 27 games with the Bears registering two goals and 11 assists.
Connor Carrick was reassigned to Hershey on Friday.
Zach Sill, recalled from Hershey Tuesday, January 29 originally filling the gap when Michael Latta injured his arm, he and Latta have filled the gap for the injured Jay Beagle. The 6’1”, 202-pound forward Sill has played two games and registered four shots but no goals. He averaged 10:20 in ice time in his last two games.
Right wing Stanislav Galiev has been a healthy scratch having played his last game December 14 against Pittsburgh.
Jay Beagle had successful hand surgery today, according to the Washington Capitals and has been placed on the injured reserve list. Up to six weeks before his return. He has missed 1 game.
John Carlson could be back after the Columbus game, according to comments from Coach. He has missed 3 games.
Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. He has missed 23 games and there is no timetable for his return.
Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 21 goals and is four away from 500 NHL career goals. He is fifth in the NHL. He also is four games away from a career 800 NHL games.
Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (24). His 1.86 goals against average (GAA) is currently second in the league. He’s got this! And backing him up in the net is Philipp Grubauer who is a strong goaltender and someone in whom the coach has great confidence.
Jason Chimera is four assists away from an NHL career 200 assists.
Blue Jackets Watch
This is second meeting between the teams this season. In October Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie scored two goals ending the match 2-1 Caps. The Blue Jackets see this as a ‘must win’ game as the team on the bottom of the standings chart struggles to save face. They played a physical game against Dallas with 29 hits and one roughing penalty by Rene Bourque (18).
Curtis McElhinney is the netminder tonight. He was in the net against the Jackets surprise win against the Stars with 40 saves on 43 attempts. Should be a great goalie matchup if he is as sharp tonight.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was activated and removed off Injured Reserve list. The Russian Vezina Trophy winner last played December 8 and has a .918 save percentage. The Jackets have won 30 of 51 games with Bobs in the net. He is now listed as day-to-day.
Left wing Scott Hartnell (43) leads the team in points with 15 goals and 14 assists. He has two goals in his last five games.
Left Wing Brandon Saad (20) holds the second team leader slot with 14 goals and 13 assists, with three goals and three assists in his last five games.
Left wing Nick Foligno (71), the team’s leader in goals and points last season is not performing as strongly this year; however, he has stepped things up recently with one goal and six assist in his last five games.
Center Brandon Dubinsky (17) has four assists in his past five games.
David Clarkson is in for Matt Calvert. No production from Clarkson in his last four games.
Braden Holtby, with 125 career games won is four games away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.
The Caps have a scheduled day off on Sunday.
Practice is scheduled for 10:30 Monday at Kettler Capitals IcePlex.
Tue Jan 5, 2016 Capitals Bruins, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS
Thu Jan 7, 2016 Capitals Islanders, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS, SN360
Sat Jan 9, 2016 Capitals Rangers, 1:00 PM CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP
Photos by Brittney Marcum