Anthony Mantha Skates with Extras, Alex Alexiev Skates with Starters: Notes from the Capitals Morning Skate in the Desert

The Washington Capitals make their way west on Wednesday before their tilt with the Arizona Coyotes tonight in Tempe, Arizona. puck drop from Miniature Mullet Arena Set late, but manageable 9:00 PM ET.

The lineup is essentially the same as the last game against the Minnesota Wild. Forward line and defensive pair at “Morning” skate, courtesy Samantha Pell/Washington Post:

Alex Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Sonny Milano — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson
Conor Sheary – Lars Eller – TJ Oshie
Marcus Johansson — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Garnet Hathaway

Erik Gustafsson — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Dmitri Orlov — Nick Jensen
Alex Alexiev — Martin Feharvery

Charlie Lindgren
Darcy Kuemper

Additional: Right-hander Anthony Mantha, forward Aliaksei Protas and defenseman Matt Irwin

Injury: Left wing Carl Hagelin (hip), right wing Connor Brown (ACL), defenseman John Carlson (upper body), and center Nick Dowd (lower body).


The Capitals begin a three-game road trip tonight when they visit the Arizona Coyotes at Mullet Arena for the two meetings between the teams this season. Washington has a record of 37-31-12-4 all-time vs. the Coyotes. More here.

The Capitals have won eight of their last nine road games (8-1-0) since Dec. 5, including seven straight from Dec. 5 to Jan. 5, which set a new franchise record. Since Dec. 5, the Capitals have outscored road opponents 39-20 (4.33 GF/GP, 2.22 GA/GP). More here.

Stats of the day – Expected goals are different

We’ve mentioned the expected goal metric quite a bit this season as in seasons past. I should mention that if you need a mid-season refresher on the stat, we have a definition of our own NHL Analysis Glossary. Of course, if you have any questions, you can always send us a message in the comments or by e-mail.

The Capitals are up from a season low of -5.12 in mid-November and a league-low +6.78 expected goal differential. That’s now good enough for 13th best in the league.

[The statistics used in this post are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick and the NoVa Caps Advanced Analytics Model (NCAAM). If you’d like to learn more about the statistical terms used in this post, please check out our NHL Analytics Glossary]

Down on the farm

Ludwig the person BIK had a nice assist for Karlskoga in last night’s hockey Allsvenskan action.

Oscar Magnuson There was a redirect for AIK, also in hockey Allsvenskan action last night.

Bogdan Triniyev Scored his second career KHL goal today. He continues to skate with the KHL club Dynamo and appears to have found a steady starting spot on the left wing on the second line.

A solid season in the KHL will set him up for a return to Hershey this fall.


And finally, the awesome artwork from “Falling in Sand”:

About John Sorensen

A Caps fan since day one, John attended his first game at the Capital Center in 1974. His interest in the Caps grew over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering teams for 10+ years, focusing primarily on analysis, analysis and prospect development.

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