Capitals rookie defenseman Dmitry Orlov is not expected to be fined or suspended for shoving linesman Jean Morin in the second period of the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, an NHL spokesperson said on Wednesday.
There will also be no disciplinary action taken against Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner for apparently slew-footing Orlov on the play that led to Orlov’s altercation with Morin.
“Skinner's infraction was more of a trip than a slew-foot (at least as Hockey Ops/Player Safety traditionally has defined it),” an NHL spokesperson said in an email. “The difference comes when there's an upper-body action (a yanking back with the arm or shoulder) to create a violent crash to the ice rather than just a trip.
“As for Orlov, the rule of thumb that has been used is that when on-ice officials assess a Game Misconduct for Abuse of Officials, Hockey Ops/ Player Safety follows their lead and imposes Supplementary Discipline. When the on-ice officials don't (Orlov got a 10-minute misconduct), SD (supplementary discipline) rarely follows.”
In other news, Caps left wing Jason Chimera sat out Wednesday’s practice with a “maintenance day.” He is expected to be in the lineup Thursday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Caps.