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Prospect Report: Will Tyler Lewington make his AHL debut?


Prospect Report: Will Tyler Lewington make his AHL debut?

Hershey update: 10-5-0-3, 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Last week: 3-0-0-0

Defenseman Tyler Lewington was recalled to Hershey from the South Carolina Stingrays on Wednesday as Garrett Mitchell joined the growing list of injured Bears.

Lewington has not played in the AHL before. In 12 games in the ECHL, he has one goal, two assists and 12 penalty minutes.

Connor Carrick scored one of the biggest goals in what was a very good week for the Bears.

In their game Friday against Portland, Hershey was trying to kill a double-minor penalty late in the game to keep the score tied. Instead of forcing overtime, however, Carrick was able to score the shorthanded game-winner with just 14.8 seconds left.

It looked like he was looking for a deflection as he just floated the puck from the blue line into traffic, but it somehow found its way into the back of the net.

You can see it here:

All eyes in Australia are on the Sydney native Nathan Walker as he continues his quest to be the first Australian to play in the NHL. Walker has two goals and two assists this season.

Forward Chris Brown was recalled by the Caps on Thursday after completing his conditioning assignment. He recorded one goal and one assist in his five games in the AHL.

RELATED: News and notes from Caps' 5-3 win over Jets

Other prospect notes:

After missing the last five games, Connor Hobbs returned for the Regina Pats and scored two goals and two assists in four games. His two-goal performance on Wednesday was his first multi-goal game.

Hobbs also racked up the penalty minutes. In Saturday's game against Prince Albert, Hobbs was laid out by a solid shoulder check as skated up the ice. As he was just returning from a concussion, Hobbs took exception to the hit and dropped the gloves.

Hobbs was issued two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and an additional 10-minute misconduct.

Unfortunately, Hobbs was not joined by fellow Caps prospect Colby Williams on the ice. An offseason injury kept Williams out of the lineup until Nov. 13, but his return lasted only three games. Williams has missed the past four games due to an injury "that is separate from the one that kept him out earlier this year," according to Regina play-by-play announcer Phil Andrews.

Kevin Elgestal was loaned from Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League to HC Vita Hästen of the HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second-tier league. In his first two games with his new team, he recorded two goals and an assist.

Ilya Samsonov started for Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Saturday against Lada, his first start since Oct. 28. He stopped 23 of 25 shots faced to help lead the team to a 3-2 win.

Thomas DiPauli continues to set the offensive pace for Notre Dame. With one goal this week, he is tied for the team lead in goals (5) and in points (12).

MORE CAPITALS: Capitals Rewind: Caps explode for five goals in win vs. Jets

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him


Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

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


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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games


Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced an overhauled in-game entertainment experience for the 2018-19 Wizards and Capitals seasons on Wednesday. 

These changes include a new DJ stage, new permanent 3D on ice/on court projection system, along with new Wizards and Capitals entertainment squads, as Capital One Arena undergoes $40 million in renovations.

“We are committed to putting on the best show possible for every fan who comes to a game at Capital One Arena,” said MSE President of Business Operations Jim Van Stone.  “So, as we upgrade the facilities at the Arena this summer, we are also upgrading all of our in-game entertainment to keep the experience fresh and on the cutting edge.”

“We’re excited about these new changes to our game entertainment experience,” said Hunter Lochmann, MSE Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “We work hard to create the best, most engaging entertainment experience in professional sports and we hope fans love this new, revamped energy.”


Some of the other improvement announced were:

  • Digital signage experience throughout the fully-renovated concourses that will pull fans into an exclusively all-Wizards or all-Capitals team experience each night highlighting player and team imagery on each concourse
  • Sponsored quadrants in the Arena where fans will experience concourse takeovers and can expect special offers and giveaways from sponsors
  • Olympia ice resurfacer bus: groups of fans will be able to take pre-game and intermission rides
  • Award-winning, chef-inspired dining experience featuring options from premiere chefs David Chang, Cat Cora and Alex McCoy
  • A transformed and modernized PwC Club offering some of the best sightlines in the Arena and new 100-level lounge, both featuring top-of-the-line comfort seating and exclusive food and beverage options so fans can gather in style during the games 
  • A new in-bowl broadcasting platform for NBC Sports Washington