Capitals Game Day
Capitals vs. Islanders: Lines, Jensen & Fehervary Updates, Key Stats
The Washington Capitals are back in action and gettting some big names back as they take on the New York Islanders in a key divisional showdown as the playoff push continues.
The Washington Capitals have another key divisional matchup on the calendar for Saturday, as they will face the New York Islanders as they try to play catch-up and force their way back up the standings amid inconsistencies and continued struggles. And, on a positive note, they'll have some key names back in the mix.
Per The Washington Post's Roman Stubbs, Martin Fehervary and Nick Jensen both took rushes on the second pairing together, indicating that both will be back in the lineup after missing the last three games with respective lower and upper-body injuries. With each appearing ready to go, Gabriel Carlsson was the odd man out as a healthy scratch. Vincent Iorio had been loaned back to the Hershey Bears on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the rest of the lines appeared to stay the same as they have been. Here's what those combinations have looked like:
Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson
Anthony Mantha-Nicklas Backstrom-Craig Smith
Sonny Milano-Dylan Strome-T.J. Oshie
Conor Sheary-Nic Dowd-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Rasmus Sandin-Trevor van Riemsdyk
Martin Fehervary-Nick Jensen
Alex Alexeyev-Matt Irwin
Saturday's game will be a difficult one, as the Islanders have won three straight games and are 7-2-1 over the last 10. New York sits comfortably in the first Wild Card spot and seven points ahead of the Capitals, who are five points out of playoff position behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. ET on Long Island.
Additional Game Notes
– Rasmus Sandin skated a whopping 29:58 minutes last game as he continues to impress as the No. 1 defenseman.
– Washington is hosting players' fathers and family members in a mentor's trip to New York.
– In 65 career games against the Islanders, Alex Ovechkin has 42 goals and 22 assists. Ovechkin has scored in three of his last five games.
– The Capitals have a power-play goal in six of their last eight games.
– Brock Nelson leads New York with 61 points and has points in three of his last five outings.
– Former Washington netminder Semyon Varlamov will get the start for the Islanders.