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Capitals' Riley Barber: Heads back to minors
The Capitals reassigned Barber to AHL Hershey on Sunday.
Barber was called up Friday and served as a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets. He'll head back to the AHL for now but could be recalled again if Tom Wilson is still suffering from a concussion for Tuesday's game versus the Red Wings.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Stretches streak to 11 games
Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Columbus on Saturday.
The points extend his scoring streak to 11 games and 16 points, including 10 goals. It's two points shy of Ovechkin's career-best 13-game streak in 2007. Ovie now leads the NHL with 22 goals.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Delivers second shutout of season
Holtby made 28 saves Saturday in a 4-0 win over Columbus.
He had an easy night. The Caps played excellent defensive hockey and they limited Columbus to just 10 scoring chances. Holtby has two shutouts this season and 34 in nine seasons.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Tom Wilson: Won't see game ice Saturday
Wilson (concussion) will not be ready to play Saturday evening against host Columbus, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Wilson is still feeling the effects of a blindside hit that he absorbed from enforcer Ryan Reaves of the Golden Knights in Tuesday's contest. No stranger to delivering questionable hits himself, Wilson has otherwise enjoyed a spectacular 2018-19 campaign consisting of eight goals and six helpers, with four power-play points through 11 games. Look for Travis Boyd to continue seeing ice time on the fourth line with Andre Burakovsky manning the top unit during Wilson's absence.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Back in goal against Columbus
Holtby will patrol the crease against host Columbus on Saturday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Holtby reportedly will be countered by Sergei Bobrovsky in this divisional clash. This promises to be an exciting game since the Capitals currently hold a one-point advantage over the Jackets for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division standings. We've seen a high degree of inconsistency from Holtby, amounting to a 3.00 GAA and .907 save percentage through 20 games, but it was the same story last season and the venerable netminder still ended up leading the Capitals to the franchise's first Stanley Cup win.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Riley Barber: Promoted to top level
The Capitals recalled Barber from AHL Hershey on Friday.
Barber has been pretty productive in the minors this season, racking up eight goals and 18 points in 20 appearances. The Capitals only had 12 healthy forwards on their roster prior to Barber's promotion, so he'll likely round out their depth up front until Tom Wilson (concussion) is cleared to return.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Lands on injured reserve
Oshie (concussion) has been designated for injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Considering Oshie has been sidelined since Nov. 14, it's safe to assume his placement on IR was retroactive, which means he could still be available as early as Saturday's clash with Columbus. With Oshie and Tom Wilson (concussion) both out of action, Andre Burakovsky will get the first-line assignment with Alex Ovechkin.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Pheonix Copley: Picks up sixth victory
Copley allowed two goals between 29 shots during Thursday's 4-2 win over the Coyotes.
Copley played well filling in for Braden Holtby, who was simply being rested. The win improves the big goalie's record to 6-2-1 on the season, as he's performed admirably when called upon in his backup role. Even though his 2.95 GAA and .902 aren't great, they've been good enough for a potent team, as the record indicates.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Brett Connolly: Points in three straight
Connolly registered an assist during Thursday's 4-2 win over Arizona.
Connolly lent a helping hand, picking up his 13th assist of the year. The cerebral winger now has four points in his past three games, upping his season total to 17 in 28 games played. He's currently operating in a top-six capacity and finds himself on pace for his first 50-point campaign.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Andre Burakovsky: Finds back of net
Burakovsky potted a goal among two shots in Thursday's 4-2 win over Arizona.
Burakovsky found the back of the net for his fifth goal of the 2018-19 campaign. The speedy winger still lacks consistency, as the goal puts him at only eight points through 28 games this year. Burakovsky's on pace for a career low in ice time, and despite starting out in the top six of late, he's only averaging 11:27 for the season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Involved in two of four goals
Niskanen fashioned a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over Arizona.
Niskanen scored for the fourth time this season and registered his 10th helper during Thursday's victory. The savvy defenseman now has 14 points in 28 games this season, putting him at a half-point-per-game pace but only ninth on the Capitals.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Dmitry Orlov: Registers helper
Orlov delivered an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over Arizona.
The point was Orlov's first in his last five contests. While he didn't light up the stat line, the mobile defenseman upped his assist total to eight for the year. Orlov lacks significant upside for fantasy purposes, as he has only 10 points through 28 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Tom Wilson: Unavailable against Coyotes
Wilson (concussion) won't be in the lineup versus Arizona on Thursday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Given the severity of the hit on Wilson by Ryan Reaves, the Toronto native returning to the lineup this quickly would likely have raised some red flags at NHL headquarters. The team hasn't provided a specific timeline for when the winger might be eligible to return, but given the difficulty of diagnosing concussions, the team (and fantasy owners) will likely have to take a wait and see approach.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Pheonix Copley: In net Thursday
Copley will guard the goal Thursday against the Coyotes in Phoenix, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Copley has taken advantage of his opportunities in net this season, posting a 5-2-1 record through nine appearances in goal. However, his best work has come on home ice so far. In seven road showings, Copley sports just a 3.42 GAA and an .887 save percentage. He will take the crease Thursday looking to improve on those numbers against a Coyotes squad tallying just 2.58 goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Sergei Shumakov: Set for release
Shumakov will be waived unconditionally by the Capitals, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
In 10 games with AHL Hershey, Shumakov has tallied three goals and one assist, but with no call-up on the horizon, the winger may have asked for his release in order to return to the KHL. If no club submits a claim, the Russian figures to head back to his homeland for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign and that likely will mark the end of his chances of suiting up in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Jakub Vrana: Posts two-goal outing
Vrana scored a pair of goals and recorded a plus-2 rating in a 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old is quietly putting together a nice season. With his first two-goal night of the season, Vrana has upped his season total to eight with 16 points in 27 games. He also owns a plus-9 rating, which is a better mark than the plus/minus he recorded in his first 94 career games. Vrana's 17.0 shooting percentage, though, will undoubtedly drop, so he's not likely to continue this pace from a scoring standpoint.... See More ... See Less