Capitals-Hurricanes Pregame Update

So the Caps have a rather hectic schedule, flying out right after the 3-2 OT win in Chicago to Raleigh, North Carolina for a 7 pm Saturday game. 

There are a few changes for the Hurricanes with Justin Faulk going on the IR reports the Washington  Post. And Phil Di Giuseppe was assigned to its AHL affiliate in Charlotte.

The Canes got some bad news late Friday night that Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He last played October 30, according to USA News.

Canes will be drawing from their 4-2 loss to the Ducks on Thursday night. They need a win as they sit bottom in the league. News & Observer

When it comes to the Canes, the Caps are 50-50 in the preseason with each team taking one win. The Caps should take the lead early unless they are dragging after the hard fight in Chicago. 

Philipp Grubauer will be in the net Saturday. No word on the Taylor Chorney switch with Nate Schmidt. 

Dmitry Orlov was hot in Chicago- blocking, hitting, and shooting. There have been concerns expressed about John Carlson. Coach said a few days ago that he got banged up in Worlds–may be he isn’t playing at his fullest. 

Here’s Mike Vogel’s take on the upcoming game from Dump N Chase.

Sportschat  gives it to the Caps. 

Here are the Caps milestones to watch for Caps Today:


Alex Ovechkin – Three power-play goals shy of becoming the 18th player in NHL history to score 200 power-play goals 

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Six assists shy of 100 NHL/Capitals assists.

We’ll update as we hear more on the Caps side. 

Oh and on the bright side, CSN-MA will be steaming games starting Saturday, if you have the ‘tickets’ for viewing. Read more here.  

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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