Hunter Shepard to start against Islanders, Rasmus Sandin a game-time decision due to ‘a sore face’

Following their victory against the New Jersey Devils, the Washington Capitals will face the New York Islanders at UBS Arena on Saturday night, completing their weekend back-to-back.

In a pre-game announcement, coach Spencer Carbery revealed that goaltender Hunter Shepard will make his second career start in the NHL, replacing the injured Darcy Kuemper. Charlie Lindgren will serve as the backup after an impressive performance against the Devils, stopping 24 of 26 shots.

Defensively, Rasmus Sandin’s availability is uncertain after sustaining a hit in the previous game. Timo Meier’s forearm caused Sandin to bleed from the nose, and Dylan McIlrath may play in his absence.

According to Carbery, Sandin is “a little sore” but otherwise okay. The decision on his participation will be made after warming up before the game.

With a depleted defensive lineup, the Capitals face the challenge of managing ice time effectively, especially for players like John Carlson, who had to play extended minutes in the previous game.

Carbery emphasized the team’s collective responsibility in supporting the defense and helping the younger players step up in a demanding back-to-back scenario.

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