Taking Hagelin’s position because the third-line left wing is Chandler Stephenson. Stephenson, who has been out and in of the lineup to begin the season, has performed in 13 video games this season, recording two objectives and one lend a hand whilst averaging 11:05 of ice time.
“Simply don’t assume an excessive amount of,” Stephenson stated. “Simply cross out and play the sport and don’t glance into it and clearly you need to stick within the lineup each and every night time, however you assume ‘I want to keep within the lineup each and every night time,’ and also you simply cross out and do what you do and do your factor.”
The 25-year-old ahead lately noticed time at the fourth line after middle Nic Dowd suffered a decrease physique damage on Oct. 29 in Toronto. Dowd overlooked 3 video games because of damage, however is now wholesome and will likely be again the lineup in opposition to Vegas because the group’s fourth-line middle.
Flanking Dowd with Stephenson getting the transient bump to the 0.33 line will likely be Brendan Leipsic and Travis Boyd. Stephenson will skate along Lars Eller and Garnet Hathaway.
“It’s clearly simply great to have that self belief within the training group of workers and I believe it’s going to be a laugh taking part in with Hath and Lars,” Stephenson stated. “They simply paintings so expectantly we will be able to get a large number of pucks and a large number of probabilities so expectantly we’ve chemistry early.”
In different damage information, the Capitals are nonetheless with ahead Richard Panik (higher physique) who stays on long-term injured reserve. Panik performed in 8 video games ahead of he was once injured and didn’t report a purpose nor an lend a hand. He was once at the beginning skating at the 0.33 line, ahead of a shuffle dropped him to the fourth line.
Panik isn’t eligible to come back again till Monday’s recreation in opposition to Arizona. Washington must make some tricky roster choices at that time, with Panik and his $2.75 million wage going again at the books. The in all probability situation is that the Capitals must ship a ahead all the way down to the group’s American Hockey League associate in Hershey Pa.
Capitals strains right through morning skate forward of Vegas this night: