TJ Oshie and Dmitry Orlov participating in Capitals practice, Garnet Hathaway absent for personal reasons

TJ Oshie and Dmitry Orlov participating in Capitals practice, Garnet Hathaway absent for personal reasons

The Washington Capitals returned to practice on Sunday after losing their fourth straight game and ninth of their last 11 against the Colorado Avalanche at home on Saturday. They don’t play again until Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

That leaves plenty of time for head coach Peter Laviolette to play with his lineup and even more time for injured players like TJ Oshie i Dmitry Orlov to recover for possible returns. Both key veterans were full participants in practice and ran regular runs.

Here’s how it all started Sunday morning via Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington.



First of all, you’ll notice that Connor McMichael is absent and that’s because he was sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL Sunday before That gives the Caps the freedom to activate one of Oshie or Orlov from injured reserve for this game against the Flyers.

Both players have been out for several weeks with respective lower body injuries.

If both could go against Philly, that would mean another player on the current roster would have to move. The most likely candidates for this move are Aliaksei Protas, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Joe Snively, Sonny Milano or Alex Alexeyev. Protas and Milano simply because they are exempt from waivers and Snively and Alexeyev, though they would require waivers, appear to be the extra forward and defenseman on the roster.

Aube-Kubel was cleared off waivers by the Chiefs and in that practice replaced Garnet Hathaway on the fourth line, who was absent for personal reasons. according to Weyrich. This could indicate that NAK is considered superfluous to the requirements. If he were to be picked back on waivers, the Toronto Maple Leafs could claim him right away.

Of note, Orlov’s return to regular work on one of the team’s defensive pairings has seen Laviolette reunite every pairing the Caps started the season playing. This includes Martin Fehervary returning with John Carlson.

In more than 64 minutes combined at five-on-five, the Caps have seen just 45.6 percent of shot attempts, 33.6 percent of expected goals, 40.7 percent of scoring chances and the 30.8 percent of those at high risk. possibilities with this pair on the ice.

As previously stated, the Caps have lost nine of their last eleven games (2-6-3). His .425 hitting percentage ranks 25th in the NHL. They have played at least one more game than any other team in the Eastern Conference and are currently five points back of third place in the Metropolitan Division (New York Islanders – 22 points) and five points back of second place Wild Card (New York Rangers). – 22 points).

Headline photo: Alan Dobbins/RMNB

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