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Karl Alzner out, Chandler Stephenson recalled but not expected to play Game 5

Karl Alzner out, Chandler Stephenson recalled but not expected to play Game 5

The Capitals raised some eyebrows on Friday with the news that the team had recalled forward Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears. With Hershey playing Game 1 of its first-round series on Friday, it seemed a curious move for the Caps to make unless there was a reason, perhaps an injury, to prompt the recall.

Barry Trotz, however, assured the media that was not the case after Friday’s morning skate

“That was sort of the plan all along,” Trotz said of the timing of Stephenson’s recall. “We just felt that we needed two forwards. We wanted him to have some time in Hershey.”

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Based on the line rushes in the morning skate, Stephenson is indeed expected to join Paul Carey as a healthy scratch for Fridays Game 5. Of course, the morning skate is not official and Trotz can change the lineup prior to the game. According to him, however, there is no need.

When asked if there were any injury concern for the forwards, Trotz said, “Nope. Zero.”

The lone injury to the Caps continues to be Karl Alzner who the team confirmed would not play in Game 5.

Here are the expected lines for Game 5 based on the morning skate:

Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Justin Williams
Andre Burakovsky – Lars Eller – Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik – Jay Beagle – Brett Connolly

Nate Schmidt – John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov – Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby starts.

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

In the present, the Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions. But what does the future hold?

The voice of the Hershey Bears, Zack Fisch, joins JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir to talk all things prospects!

Who stood out at development camp? How will Pheonix Copley look as backup? Which Hershey prospects could push for a spot in the NHL? All that and more on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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