Notes from Morning Skate Ahead of Blue Jackets vs. Capitals

By Coby Maeir on January 5, 2023 at 11:52 am
Alex Ovechkin
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Alex Ovechkin continues his chase to pass Wayne Gretzky tonight.


Head coach Brad Larsen said that Elvis Merzlikins starts in net tonight, Andrew Peeke is in for Marcus Bjork, and Carson Meyer is in for Eric Robinson, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he suffered in the third period of Tuesday night's loss.


Below are the lines and power play units from today's morning skate:


  • Kirill Marchenko: "I'm really excited about this game against Alex Ovechkin."
  • Marchenko on a Russian going for the NHL goal-scoring record: "I am very happy for him. For Russian guys, it's a big record." Marchenko added that Ovechkin is his favorite player. 

The Blue Jackets take on the Capitals at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and 97.1 FM The Fan.

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