Jakub Vrana Returns To Lineup, Vitek Vanecek Will Begin In Purpose Tonight: Notes From Morning Skate At Nassau Coliseum


The Washington Capitals are again on Lengthy Island for the second sport of their two-game set with the New York Islanders. Sport two is tonight with puck drop set for simply after 7:00 PM. Right here’s the most recent from Tuesday’s game-day morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.


Jakub Vrana returned to the observe strains this morning. Laviolette mentioned Vrana would play tonight and Richard Panik would be the wholesome scratch.

Capitals strains at AM skate:

Vitek Vanecek will begin in purpose tonight towards the Islanders.


  • The Washington Capitals face the New York Islanders tonight for the fifth time this season (3-1-0).
  • John Carlson leads the Capitals with seven factors (4g, 3a) towards New York this yr, and Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals with six assists. 
  • Within the three prior video games this season, Washington has outscored New York 16-14. The Capitals have transformed on 6 of their 10 energy play alternatives (60%), their highest energy play proportion towards a single staff this season.
  • Moreover, the Capitals are averaging 54.42 shot makes an attempt at five-on-five per sport, the second-highest price the Islanders have allowed this season.


Jakub Vrana

Alex Ovechkin


The Capitals web penalties (penalties drawn minus penalties taken) for every season from 1974 to current. (Click on to enlarge)

Earlier than the Ovechkin period, (1974 – 2004), the Capitals had the most effective penalty differential (+710). In the course of the Ovechkin period (since), the Capitals have the second worst penalty differential at -310.


  • With a win on Sunday towards the New Jersey Devils, the Capitals improved to 12-5-2 on the street and personal the third-highest street level proportion within the NHL (.684). That leads the MassMutual East Division, with New Jersey and Boston every tied for second (9-5-3, .618 factors proportion).
  • Washington’s 3.42 street targets per sport ranks second within the NHL (Florida: 3.56). With 65 targets in 19 video games at house and on the street, the Capitals have the very same scoring price on the street as they do at house.
  • The Capitals are one in all two groups (Philadelphia) within the NHL averaging no less than 3.00 targets per sport at house and on the street this season.
  • Over the past three seasons, Washington has averaged 3.40 targets per sport on the street, tied with Tampa Bay for the second-most within the NHL (Toronto: 3.41), and has ranked within the top-five in targets per street sport in every of the final three seasons. Washington’s street file of 59-30-7 and .651 level proportion since 2018-19 ranks second within the NHL (Tampa Bay: 62-26-8, .688).

By Jon Sorensen
Comply with @nova_caps

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first sport on the Capital Centre in 1974. His ardour for the Caps has grown over the many years, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and neighborhood organizer, and most just lately led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering at Previous Dominion College, and is a Techniques Engineer throughout intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals behavior.


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