Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing over the phone with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday to discuss the charging penalty he received in Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Los Angeles.
Shattenkirk was penalized for charging Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel late in the third period. The penalty was Shattenkirk’s third of the game.
On the play, Shattenkirk appeared to launch himself into Gravel, who was shaken up but remained in the game.
Shattenkirk, a seven-year veteran, does not have a history of being disciplined by the NHL. The hearing is set for Saturday afternoon, the league announced.
With the Caps set to play in Anaheim at 9:30 p.m., the NHL is expected to hand down its decision prior to the opening faceoff.
Shattenkirk has four assists in six games with the Caps, who acquired the 28-year-old puck-moving D-man from the Blues at the trade deadline earlier this month. If he is suspended, Coach Barry Trotz could turn to either Nate Schmidt or Taylor Chorney to take Shattenkirk’s spot.
The hearing is the first for a Capitals’ player all season.
Down 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins and staring at a 2-0 series deficit, Philipp Grubauer led the Caps onto the ice for the start of the third period as he replaced Braden Holtby in net.
Holtby allowed three goals on 14 shots through two periods of Game 2, giving him a paltry .829 save percentage for the series.
The defending Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie and Vezina finalist, the normally dominant Holtby has struggled through postseason coming into Saturday’s game with a 2.46 GAA and .919 save percentage though seven games.
Grubauer has only one career postseason appearance coming back in 2015 when he started against the New York Islanders as Holtby as out with an illness. He allowed three goals, but earned the win.
The Pengiuns scored their fourth goal of the game, beating Grubauer within the first three mintues of the third period.
The Washington Capitals face a crucial Game 2 on Saturday (8 p.m., NBCSN) as they look to avoid a 2-0 deficit to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here are three bold predictions for Game 2.
1. Both teams will get a power play in the first period
Be careful what you wish for. The Caps did everything they could to not talk about the officiating after Game 1, but it was clear they were unhappy that somehow they had not been given a single power play in Game 1. That won’t happen again. The referees will call a much tighter game on Saturday, but it will be tighter for both teams.
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2. Washington will get at least 12 shots on goal in the first period
The Caps almost to a man lamented their poor start to Game 1. It wasn’t that they played particularly badly — the first period was rather even between both teams — it was the fact that the Penguins played so tentatively and Washington did not take advantage. They will come out guns blazing in Game 2 and fire as many shots as possible on net in the hopes they can catch Pittsburgh napping again.
3. Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller or Tom Wilson will score
Who were the three players with the highest Corsi for percentage from Game 1? Burakovsky (83.33-percent), Wilson (79.31-percent) and Eller (78.79-percent). That means the third line was absolutely dominant.You can’t put up numbers like that and be held off the board forever, especially by a Penguins team that is without its top defenseman for the entire playoffs.
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