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Nicolas Aube-Kubel to make Capitals debut against Oilers, John Carlson to miss fifth straight game

Nicolas Aube-Kubel to make Capitals debut against Oilers, John Carlson to miss fifth straight game

The Washington Capitals held an optional morning skate on Monday, hours before they face Connor McDavid and the rest of the Edmonton Oilers inside Capital One Arena. The game will kick off in DC at an odd start time of 8:00 PM, as it airs nationally in Canada.

Head coach Peter Laviolette he told The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir this Saturday exemption cable pickup, Nicolas Aube-Kubel will debut with the Caps. He also gave an update on the status of some key defenders before the team faced an Edmonton team with plenty of firepower.

Aube-Kubel is a 26-year-old wing who had a breakout year last year with the Colorado Avalanche. The Alberta native scored 11 goals and had 22 points in 67 games for the Avs. He also played in 14 playoff games en route to lifting Lord Stanley for the first time in his career.

Last offseason, he signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Leafs and played six games with them this season. He has yet to record a point and has been unable to hold down a roster spot in a crowded Toronto lineup. On Sunday, he took the ice for Caps practice for the first time and skated on the team’s familiar line of scrimmage with Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway.

“We like the way he skates, competes, hits,” Laviolette said. “He impacts the game in a different way. He’s just a starting point for that line, but we’re looking at him and talking about different things. He’s one of the guys who leads the league in hits. He’s in the top ten firsts, finishes checks, plays hard, competes hard and is an easy guy to like.”

Laviolette said so too Sonny Milano he will remain in the lineup after having a good first game against the Arizona Coyotes. Milano skated on the second line with Dylan Strome and Marcus Johansson. His inclusion for Monday’s game and the addition of Aube Kubel likely mean Connor McMichael is back in the press box.

“I thought he was good,” Laviolette said of Milano. “I thought that line created a lot. They stayed in the offensive zone and got some looks and had some chances. I thought Sonny looked good. I thought he and that line had a good impact on the game “.

On the back, the covers will be missing John Carlson for fifth straight game with a lower-body injury. Laviolette added this Dmitry Orlovwho hasn’t skated since leaving the game against Arizona with his own lower-body injury, will be a game decision.

This is great news as the Oilers have some of the best offensive talent in the entire league and come in fourth in goals per game at 3.83. If Orlov can’t go, Lucas Johansen is supposed to make his season debut on the blue line.

Guarding the cage behind this defense will be Charlie Lindgren, according to El-Bashir. Lindgren will make his first start in six days after losing an overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights to start the month of November.

Edmonton will enter the fray against the Caps two underdogs after starting the season with a 7-3 record.

Headline photo: Alan Dobbins/RMNB





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