For the fourth time in less than a month, the Capitals recalled defensive prospect Dmitry Orlov Monday morning, and he’s on the ice in Arlington for the team’s practice.
Despite his frequent appearances in Washington, Orlov has yet to appear in an NHL game this season. He’s sat out as a healthy scratch in nine contests during his time on the Capitals’ roster, most recently last week against Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
Whether Orlov gets into a game remains to be seen. The 23-year-old Russian blueliner has three goals and six assists in 10 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
To create space for Orlov on the roster, Washington assigned Tyson Strachan back to the Bears. In five games with the Capitals, Strachan finished a minus-2 and averaged 17:44 of ice time. His lowest time in his stint with the Capitals came in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss at Toronto at 13:08.