The Capitals recalled forward Casey Wellman and defenseman Patrick Wey from the AHL Hershey Bears on Tuesday, leading to speculation over which players they might replace when the Caps visit the Penguins tonight at Consol Energy Center.
Among the candidates for Wellman to replace are top-line left wing Brooks Laich and rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Laich played a strong 18 minutes against the Penguins Monday night but has not played on consecutive nights since March 1 and 2 because of groin issues.
Kuznetsov, 21, saw 10:22 of ice time but took just two shifts in the third period and none after the 8:35 mark. He has not yet participated in a full practice with the Caps and looked hesitant against the Penguins, particularly in the defensive zone, in his NHL debut.
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Wellman, 26, has two goals and one assist in 10 games with the Capitals this season. In 46 games with Hershey this season, he has 15 goals and 14 assists.
It is unclear whether Wey, a right-handed shooter, might replace Connor Carrick, who took just four shifts in the third period Monday night and none in the final 8:23, or perhaps even Mike Green, who was a minus-1 in nearly 24 minutes of action and is a combined minus-6 in his last four games.
"I thought Green's played pretty good lately," Caps coach Adam Oates said after Monday night's 3-2 loss to the Penguins.
Wey, 22, is a Pittsburgh native who has played in three games for the Capitals this season, registering two assists. Wey has appeared in 25 games with Hershey this season, with one goal and five assists. He began the season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, tallying three assists in eight games.