Vitek Vanecek will start against the Blackhawks; Justin Schultz Skates, TJ Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Conor Sheary All Skate in Non-Contact Jerseys

After a group day off on Wednesday, Washington Capitals back to work on Thursday for final prep before leaning against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at Capital One Arena.

Justin Schultz skated in Jersey in total contact and dashed in line with the team. He is now eligible to leave the injured reserve team.

TJ Oshie, Conor Sheary and Nicklas Backstrom they all skated this morning, but in the shirt is not exposed. Striker and Defensive Pairs at Morning Skating:

Vitek Vanecek will start in goal.

The Capitals face the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time this season tonight. This marks the Capital’s first time facing the Blackhawks since October 20, 2019, winning 5-3 at United Center.

Washington is currently on an eight-game winning streak against Chicago at Capital One Arena, the longest winning streak the Capitals have ever had against the Blackhawks at home in franchise history and tied with the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets as being the longest winning streak at home. Washington was up against a team.

In his last six games with the Blackhawks, Tom Wilson has 10 points (6g, 4a) and his 0.77 points-per-game rate against Chicago is his highest of any team (except Seattle. ).

The Capitals’ 82 goals this season tied the Florida Panthers for the first time in the NHL. 22 different players have scored for the Capitals this season, along with the Anaheim Ducks for the second-highest scorer in the NHL (Vegas Golden Knights: 23 scorers). The capital had 22 players scoring in the whole of last season. Additionally, the Capitals 3.57 goals per game ranks fifth in the NHL. The Capitals are currently catching up on the record for the second-highest goal-scoring ratio of the past 20 seasons in franchise history (2009-10:3.82).

The capital also leads the NHL in goals five out of five (61). Over the course of 82 games of the season, the Capitals are hitting 217 goals year on year, which would be an NHL record since the League began tracking the data in 2009-10. Washington’s defense has racked up 59 points this season, the fourth most in the NHL.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Center in 1974. His passion for Caps has grown over the decades, including his time Time is a season ticket holder, social media, and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University. Old Dominion and was a Systems Engineer during his break, which helped support his Capitals routine. Vitek Vanecek will start against the Blackhawks; Justin Schultz Skates, TJ Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Conor Sheary All Skate in Non-Contact Jerseys

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