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Capitals Game Day: Sheary Appears To Be In, Jensen, Carlson Out Vs. Sens

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Capitals Nick Jensen and Shane Gersich shined in their Da Beauty League season openers.

The Washington Capitals are looking to get back on the right track on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, and they’ll have to do so without three of their top-4 defensemen.

Dmitry Orlov is serving the final game of his two-game suspension, and John Carlson and Nick Jensen were not on the ice for morning skate and will likely not suit up on Saturday. Carlson is still on COVID-19 protocol, and Jensen is dealing with an upper-body injury he suffered on Thursday.

With a lot of their regulars out, the defense saw quite a shake-up with all hands on deck with regard to the blue line.

Still, there was a bright spot on the forward lines, as Washington saw Conor Sheary return to the mix. The 29-year-old skated at Friday’s optional and appears to be ready to come back after a week on COVID-19 protocol.

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Carl Hagelin will also hit a milestone, as he will play in career game No. 700 vs. Ottawa.

Meanwhile, Daniel Sprong will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

Here were the lines at the Capitals morning skate:

Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Garnet Hathaway

Aliaksei Protas-Nicklas Backstrom-Tom Wilson

Connor McMichael-Lars Eller-Conor Sheary

Carl Hagelin-Nic Dowd-Brett Leason

Martin Fehervary-Justin Schultz

Michal Kempny-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Dennis Cholowski-Matt Irwin

All three Capitals goalies were on the ice for the skate.

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Larry Reagan

Sammi, would like to hear more from you as a pre-game analysis or assessment. Tell us a little about who our opposition is and how they might fare against the Caps. Your analysis of the Caps is always thought provoking, so I am hoping you have similar insights into the other teams, too.

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