ARLINGTON, VA–The Caps held their first morning skate at home today as they prepare for their home opener against the 0-1-1 Winnipeg Jets tonight. The Jets come off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins yesterday afternoon in Boston.
The Caps likely line up tonight is Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin, Wolski-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Beagle-Ward, Hendricks-Perreault-Crabb, Alzner-Carlson, Poti-Green, Hamrlik-Kundratek, Holtby.
Tomas Kundratek will make his season debut after being called up yesterday from AHL Hershey. He will be playing in his sixth career NHL game, played in five for the Caps last season, and is an offensive defenseman. He currently leads Hershey with 13 goals.
Joey Crabb is also in the line-up after being a healthy scratch last game. Crabb says he brings “high-energy” to the line-up and is a two-way forward. Watch for Crabb to get some time on the penalty kill tonight. This will be the first home opener Joey Crabb has ever been in the line-up for.
The likely healthy scratches tonight are Eric Fehr, Jeff Schultz and John Erskine.
Braden Holtby (0-1-0, 6.02 GAA, .824 save pct.) will make his second consecutive start for the Caps.
Adam Oates says the plan, as of now, is for Brooks Laich (lower body) to practice with the team tomorrow, but there is still no timetable for his return. Laich has not practiced with the team this season.
Listen here to what Adam Oates, Jason Chimera & Joey Crabb had to say following the morning skate today.
Adam Oates Morning Skate Audio
Jason Chimera Morning Skate Audio
Joey Crabb Morning Skate Audio