Despite questions on the legality of both Alex Ovechkin’s hit on Mike Brown in the third period and Jason Chimera’s hit on Justin Schultz in the first period of Monday night’s game against Edmonton, neither player will face a disciplinary hearing from the NHL for those plays.
Both Ovechkin and Chimera received minor penalties, for interference and boarding, respectively, during the course of the game. While in each instance the Oiler they hit went tumbling into the boards awkwardly, it seemed unlikely that either one would see additional repercussions.
>> The Capitals are back on the ice Tuesday morning and, as you might have guessed, the lineup looks the same.
>> Defenseman John Erskine, who has missed two games with an upper-body injury, is taking part in a second consecutive day of practice but is rotating in on drills rather than skating with a consistent partner. Alex Urbom is still paired with John Carlson at this point.
Erskine told reporters on Monday that he hoped to be ready to suit up against the Rangers on Wednesday night. If he is available, it will be interesting to see how Coach Adam Oates adjusts the pairings. Nate Schmidt and Steve Oleksy seem to have established some decent chemistry through two games working together and Urbom combines size and mobility, something Washington doesn’t have in abundance.
>> In case you forgot what they looked like, here are the lines and pairings the Caps are using in practice.