News: Burakovsky will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Though Burakovsky resumed practicing with the top line Friday, he'll be sent to the press box for the second straight game. Burakovsky doesn't have much value if he's not seeing consistent ice time alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, and since a top-line appointment no longer appears to be a given for him, it might be time to cut ties with the rookie in certain formats. Instead, it looks like Jay Beagle will be the latest Capitals forward to keep an eye on while he rides shotgun next to the team's two stars.
News: Holtby will man the crease for Saturday's matinee against the Canadiens, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The game against Montreal kicks off a tough weekend back-to-back set for the Caps, who will host a sizzling St. Louis squad Sunday afternoon. Coach Barry Trotz didn't reveal his goalie plans for that game, but if Holtby can keep the Habs at bay and if his defense is able to prevent him from facing a slew of shots, there's a good chance he'd get the call again Sunday. Holtby was again impressive in his last outing Wednesday versus the Pens, spinning his fifth shutout of the season.
News: The Capitals remain uncertain about what they will do about Orlov (wrist) this season, indicating that "nothing is off the table, including a second procedure", Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: It's been a frustrating season for Orlov who has yet to play in any games this season as a result of ongoing, post-surgical complications to repair a broken wrist suffered during the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus last summer. Orlov has been reportedly making progress, but this report casts doubt on his short-term future. It's looking increasingly likely that Orlov will not return to the NHL ranks this season, and thus his value remains limited to keeper leagues, although given his struggles in recovering from this injury, one now wonders if this will cast a shadow on his long-term prospects. For now, monitor his progress and keep any eye on him for next season.
News: Burakovsky took line rushes with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom during Friday's practice, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Burakovsky was a surprise healthy scratch for Washington's 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh despite registering two goals and two assists in Washington's prior three games. The rookie was replaced by Jay Beagle for that game, and Beagle was also practicing with Ovechkin and Backstrom on Friday. With Washington facing a back-to-back situation with Montreal and St. Louis this weekend, it's likely Burakovsky will draw back into the lineup in one of the next two games. However, Burakovsky's value is tied significantly to his keeping the RW spot opposite Washington's premier offensive talents. While this appears to be a short-term experiment, the situation is worth monitoring.
News: Beagle took line rushes with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom during Friday's practice, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Beagle played alongside Ovechkin and Backstrom during Washington's 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, replacing rookie Andre Burakovsky, who had been entrenched on the top unit in games prior. It's worth noting that Burakovsky also practiced with the Capitals' top duo, so it's unclear what the top line will be for the Capitals as they face Montreal and St. Louis this weekend. As long as Beagle is getting such a prominent assignment, he's worth a look in deeper leagues, but it's hard to see this as more than a short-term experiment.