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Charlie Lindgren Gets The Start, Evgeny Kuznetsov Out: Notes From Capitals Morning Skate


The Washington Capitals held a morning skate prior to their Saturday night tilt against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here is what you need to know. 

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Charlie Lindgren will get his second straight start, and fourth start in six games, after leading the Capitals to a 3-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Darcy Kuemper will back up Lindgren after he was injured in Wednesday’s practice.

Evgeny Kuznetsov will not play due to illness, which means that Connor McMichael will play on the first power play unit. The Caps power play is 0-for-19 in the last seven games. Meanwhile, Hendrix Lapierre will draw back into the lineup with Kuznetsov’s absence.

It is unclear whether Joel Edmundson will return to the lineup. Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery said after Friday’s practice that he is “to be determined”.

According to Bailey Johnson of The Washington Post, Matthew Phillips, Alex Alexeyev and Dylan McIlrath were the last three to leave the ice, which usually indicates that they are healthy scratches. However, the Caps don’t have enough healthy defensemen to scratch both of them. That will be a storyline to watch during warmups.

Puck drop is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Arena.

By Jacob Cheris


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.

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