Coming off a strong win on Long Island less than 24 hours ago, the Washington Capitals are looking to keep the momentum going against the Vancouver Canucks in a Sunday matinee — and they got some good news ahead of puck drop.
Carl Hagelin and Dmitry Orlov are both out of COVID-19 protocol, per head coach Peter Laviolette. However, it’s unclear whether or not they will play on Sunday. The same goes for T.J. Oshie, who left Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury. Conor Sheary remains on COVID-19 protocol along with assistant coach Blaine Forsythe. Sheary was a late scratch after his test results on Saturday.
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Meanwhile, Ilya Samsonov will take over the crease after Vitek Vanecek tamed the Islanders with a 23-save shutout on Saturday.
Here are what the lines looked like to start against New York:
Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-T.J. Oshie*
Aliaksei Protas-Nickals Backstrom-Tom Wilson
Brett Leason-Nic Dowd-Garnet Hathaway
Connor McMichael-Lars Eller-Daniel Sprong
Martin Fehervary-John Carlson
Trevor van Riemsdyk-Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin-Justin Schultz
If Hagelin and Orlov return, I’d expect Hagelin to go back to his usual spot on the third line in place of Brett Leason, and I’d expect Orlov to take over for TVR and Irwin to draw out.
This will be the first time Washington plays Vancouver this season. It is also the first time the Capitals will see former head coach Bruce Boudreau behind the bench for the Canucks, who have lost three straight.