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Alex Alexeyev will make his season debut against the Penguins, John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov will not play

Alex Alexeyev will make his season debut against the Penguins, John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov will not play

The Washington Capitals will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins inside Capital One Arena on Wednesday night after snapping their losing streak with a thrilling 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The team’s roster continues to change due to the rash of absences it has seen due to injuries to several key players.

While the forward group remains somewhat constant, the team’s defensive tackles are changing again. defender Alex Alexeyev, he recalled from his conditioning loan from the AHLhe is the most recent beneficiary, as he will make his season debut against the Pens.

Here’s how the team lined up completely via Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington.

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Sheary
Milan-Strome-Johansson
Mantha-Eller-Aube-Kubel
Protas-Dowd-Hathaway

Fehervary-Jensen
TVR-Gustafsson
Alexeiev-Irwin
Orlov-Carlson
Johansen

While both John Carlson i Dmitry Orlov were able to finish the skate as active participants in regular jerseys, head coach Peter Laviolette he told Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir that neither will play against the Pens. Carlson will miss his sixth straight game and Orlov his second.

Alexeyev, who made his debut with the Capitals last season, will step in. The 2018 first-round draft pick was traded to Hershey in late October as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. He played in four games for the Bears and had one assist. A corresponding move will have to be made by the Chiefs to fit Alexeyev on the 23-man roster, as he is still on long-term injured reserve on paper.

It should be noted that with Carlson and Orlov clearly close to returning, the Capitals have nine defensemen on their roster. Lucas Johansen was the odd man out on the skate and could be the one being considered to return to the AHL. Will claim exemptions if this is the case.

The Caps’ forward group is exactly the same as the one that defeated the Oilers on Monday. Of note, Sonny Milano remains in the top six, Nicolas Aube-Kubel will get his second game with the team on the third line, and Aliaksei Protas stays with Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway on the big control line.

Starting in net will be Darcy Kuemper, according to El-Bashir. Kuemper returns to the cage after being the record goaltender in three of the team’s four losses during their recent losing streak. He has a 4-5-1 record this season with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

The Pens enter Wednesday night’s action on a seven-game losing streak. The streak is the longest in the Mike Sullivan era, surpassing a six-game losing streak in February 2020. Prior to that, Sidney Crosby’s 2005-06 rookie season is the last time Pittsburgh lost seven in a row.

Caption photo: Elizabeth Kong/RMNB





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