Ovi preaches patience on the power play
Rookie defenseman Patrick Wey will make his NHL debut tonight when the Nashville Predators visit the Capitals at Verizon Center [7 p.m. CSN].
Wey, 22, will be the third Capitals defenseman to make his NHL debut this season, joining Connor Carrick and Nate Schmidt. Michael Latta also made his NHL debut this season. Wey is expected to play alongside 22-year-old defenseman Dmitry Orlov. More on Wey’s debut later today.
Braden Holtby [12-9-1, 2.75 GAA] is expected to get the start.
Judging from the morning skate, defensemen John Erskine, Alex Urbom and Steve Oleksy will be healthy scratches.
Here are the projected lineups for the Caps and Preds:
Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin
Eric Fehr – Mikhail Grabovski – Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera – Marty Erat – Joel Ward
Aaron Volpatti – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner – Mike Green
Nate Schmidt – John Carlson
Patrick Wey – Dmitry Orlov
Braden Holtby – Philipp Grubauer
Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Patric Hornqvist
Craig Smith - David Legwand - Gabriel Bourque
Viktor Stalberg - Matt Cullen - Nick Spaling
Matt Hendricks - Paul Gaustad - Eric Nystrom
Shea Weber – Seth Jones
Roman Josi – Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Kevin Klein/Victor Bartley
Marek Mazanec – Carter Hutton