OrlovePosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Rookie Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov has quietly put together an impressive freshman campaign. With his two assists in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Bruins in Boston, Orlov notched the first multiple-point game of his NHL career. Orlov also now has points in three straight games for the first time in his NHL career. In Thursday’s thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Tampa Lightning, Orlov skated a single-game career high of 24:31. That figure was the highest of any Capitals’ skater in the game, and it was the first time Orlov has led his team in ice time for a game. He also set up Caps captain Alex Ovechkin for the overtime game-winner. Since being recalled from AHL Hershey in November, the 20-year-old Russian has played in 49 games. That is the most games any Caps-drafted defenseman has played with Washington without being returned to the minors for more seasoning since Brendan Witt skated in the first 48 games of the 1995-96 campaign before being sent to AHL Portland. Orlov has two goals and 14 assists for 16 points on the season. He is tied for fourth among all rookie NHL blueliners in scoring, and is just five points off the lead in that department, trailing Toronto’s Jake Gardiner in that department. Among the top six NHL rookie blueline scorers, Orlov has played the fewest games and has averaged the least ice time per game (17:08). He has a plus-2 rating on the season and is a plus-7 in his last dozen games.
It’s hard to believe, but we’re now less than four weeks from the conclusion of the NHL’s 2011-12 regular season. Washington’s big four-point weekend has given the Capitals four points worth of breathing room in the chase for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings