Washington Capitals is dealing with an early set of listing issues that were highlighted in their fast lane at Wednesday morning practice.
Coach Peter Laviollette was already guiding his team through the long-term injuries of Niklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, Karl Hagelin and now Conor Brown Who suffered a lower body injury against Canucks.
The veteran bench coach also has to deal with one-game suspension imposed on Yevgeny Kuznetsov. Kuzy is also battling through the sort of his own injury problem that has kept him out of all capitals and morning skating practices since Monday.
Because of these absences, the Hats were already forced into the season’s first call-up. Beck Malnstein Arrived from Hershey Bears at AHL Where he played in each of the team’s wins to start the season. Malenstyn, a 2016 fifth-round draft pick by the Hats, played in 15 previous NHL games and scored his first NHL goal last season.
Here’s what the whole team looked like with Athletic’s Tariq Al Bashir.
some new #hats Front lines and pairs for Wednesday:
Protas Strom O’Shea
Johansson McMichael Mantha
Extra activity: Mallinstein
Non-skating: Kuznetsov (suspended) and brown (lower body)
– Tarek Al-Bashir (Tarik_ElBashir) October 19, 2022
Lars Eller jumped two lines to center the de facto top streak with Alex Ovechkin. Eller has filled Ovi’s before in such a matter, and the two get along really well in short stints. Over the past three seasons in 223 minutes of icy five-to-five time together, the Hats have seen 51 percent of shot attempts, 51.1 percent of predicted goals, 50.7 percent of scoring chances and 53.7 percent of high-risk chances.
Eller and Ovechkin both took home the win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. They will be joined by Connor Sherry who got a mid-game promotion to Ovi’s streak and ended up scoring his third goal of the young season from an excellent feed from The Great Eight.
It’s also clear that both Conor McMichael and Joe Snively will be “forced” into season debuts due to ongoing situations. McMichael lined up his favorite position alongside Anthony Mantha, who has excellent chemistry with the young center. In 49 minutes of five to five minutes together last season, the two watched their streak completely crush an opponent with 60.3 percent of shot attempts, 63.5 percent of projected goals, 62.7 percent of scoring chances, and 65.6 percent of high-risk chances.
Snively will be Sheary’s semi-single substitute on the team’s fourth line alongside Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway. Given the team’s choice to send Axel Jonsson-Fjallby through compromises and ultimately losing it to Winnipeg, it looks like they may be trying to add more insult to that streak this season and Snively could provide that in the same vein as Sheary did.
Lavolette also chose to change up his defensive duos, which were incredibly rare during his time in charge of the caps. Dmitriy Orlov has been moved to the top of the skating duo with Jon Carlson after his latest duo with Martin Ferrari ended where they left off last season which wasn’t great.
In over 55 minutes of skateboarding together so far in the 2022-23 campaign, the Fehervary and Carlson double combined at a minus -6 shot attempt difference, a -5 scoring chance difference, and a big danger chance difference of minus four.
The only pairing that should stick together is the third duo made up of former Chicago Blackhawks, Eric Gustafson and Trevor van Remsdyke. Gustafson was the first He won the award for the best player on the team this season His teammates gave it to him and he got compliments from his coach as well.
It was excellent,” Laviolette said earlier this week. “I loved everything about his game. I loved his ability to come off our end, his first pass, his dribbling. I loved his offensive awareness of the game. I love his competitiveness in fights. He was a solid defensive player for us. There was really nothing we didn’t like about his game. It was excellent.”
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