The Capitals have re-signed Carl Hagelin to a four-year deal worth $11.0 million ($2.75M AAV).
The Capitals acquired Hagelin from the Kings in February and the veteran winger put his early-season struggles behind him, posting 11 points (3G / 8A) in 20 games with Washington. Hagelin had a 56.7 CorsiFor% and led all Capitals forwards in PK TOI/GM (2:21) after being acquired.
The Capitals have acquired Radko Gudas from the Flyers for Matt Niskanen.
Gudas is heading into the final year of his four-year deal that carries a $3.35 million cap-hit, versus Niskanen’s two remaining years at $5.75 million. Gudas is coming off of one of his best offensive seasons, scoring four goals with 16 assists (20 points) in 77 games. Gudas was second on the Flyers in hits (255) and tied for third in blocked shots (133). He will help bolster the Capitals penalty-kill, where he played 2:37 per game last year—second among Flyers skaters.
The Capitals have signed Liam O’Brien to a one-year deal worth $700K.
O’Brien, 24, had 15 goals and 13 assists (28 points) in 74 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) this season. The undrafted centre has just one goal and one assist in 17 career NHL games with Washington.
The Capitals signed Brian Pinho to a one-year, $700K contract extension.
Pinho, 24, is a former sixth-round pick, who turned pro this season after four years at Providence College. Pinho had four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 73 games with Hershey (AHL).
The Capitals re-signed Shane Gersich to a one-year, $700K contract extension.
Gersich, 22, is a former fifth-round pick who turned pro last season after three years at the University of North Dakota. Gersich had eight goals and 16 assists (24 points) in 66 games with Hershey (AHL) and had one assist in his first three NHL games.
Holtby will start Game 7 vs. the Hurricanes.
Holtby allowed four goals on 35 shots in the Capitals 5-2 loss in Carolina in Game 6. The Capitals have not been able to win in Carolina in this series, but are 3-0 on home-ice, where Holtby has stopped 82 of the 87 shots (.943 SV%) that he has faced. Holtby has gone 3-4 with a 1.81 GAA, .934 SV% and one shutout in seven career Game 7 starts.
Holtby stopped all 30 shots that he faced in the Hurricanes 6-0 shutout win over the Hurricanes in Game 5. The home team has won all five games of this series so far but Holtby and the Capitals will look to end that trend and punch their ticket into the second-round on Monday. Holtby allowed a combined seven goals on 69 shots (.899 SV%) in Games 3 and 4 in Carolina.
Source: 04/22/19, 10:59 am EST
Oshie underwent successful surgery to repair a broken right clavicle.
Holtby will start Game 5 vs. the Hurricanes.
Holtby allowed two goals on 24 shots in the Capitals 2-1 loss in Carolina in Game 4. Holtby surrendered seven goals on 69 shots (.899 SV%) in back-to-back losses in Games 3 and 4 but now returns to Washington, where he is 4-0 with a .939 SV% in four games against the Hurricanes this season—including a .912 SV% Games 1 and 2 of this series.
The Capitals have recalled Devante Smith-Pelly from Hershey (AHL).
Game 5 will be Smith-Pelly’s first NHL games since February 17th. Smith-Pelly went to the AHL after that game and had six goals and eight assists (14 points) in 20 games with Hershey. Smith-Pelly was effective during the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run a year ago, scoring seven goals with one assist (eight points) in 24 postseason games.
Source: @Capitals 04/20/19, 4:21 pm EST
Oshie is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury suffered in Game 4.
Unfortunately for the Capitals, it sounds like Oshie is going to be sidelined for a long period of time and will likely miss the rest of the playoffs, regardless of how deep they go. Oshie was hurt following a hard hit from Hurricanes’ winger Warren Foegele in Game 4. Devante Smith-Pelly has been recalled from Hershey (AHL) and will replace Oshie in the lineup for Game 5.
Source: Chris Kuc 04/20/19, 4:18 pm EST
Holtby will start Game 4 in Carolina.
Holtby allowed five goals on 45 shots in the Capitals 5-0 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 3. Holtby was much busier than Petr Mrazek in this game and has now allowed a combined 10 goals on 102 shots (.902 SV%) through three games. It was the first time that the Capitals lost to Carolina this season and Holtby will try to lead them to a 3-1 series lead tonight.
Source: Chris Kuc 04/18/19, 1:18 pm EST
Holtby will start Game 3 in Carolina.
Holtby allowed three goals on 28 shots in the Capitals 4-3 overtime win in Game 2. Holtby hasn't been at his best so far in this series but the Capitals still find themselves ahead 2-0. The 29-year-old had a more difficult time outside of Washington this season, going 15-10-1 with a 3.07 GAA and .903 SV% in 27 road appearances.
Holtby will start Game 2 vs. the Hurricanes.
Holtby is expected to start Game 2 vs. the Hurricanes.
Holtby starts Game 1 vs. the Hurricanes.
Eller (upper-body) is expected to play in Game 1 on Thursday.
Eller left Tuesday’s practice early but is expected to play in Game 1 vs. the Hurricanes. The 29-year-old had seven goals and 11 assists (18 points) in 24 games during the Capitals Stanley Cup run last year.