Alex Steen (concussion symptoms), Jason Arnott (shoulder) and Matt D'Agostini (concussion symptoms) are all out. Arnott was placed on injured reserve Friday, exactly one week after injuring his left shoulder against Los Angeles. Defenseman Kris Russell was sidelined with the flu but is expected to return Sunday night against San Jose. Cole was recalled Saturday morning from Peoria of the American Hockey League to fill Russell's spot on D.
The Avalanche did not skate Saturday morning and are projected to go with same lineup as Friday. Center Kevin Porter and defensemen Ryan Wilson and Matt Hunwick are expected to be healthy scratches. Matt Duchene (knee) is out indefinitely.
You get the right whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals