National Hockey League

Jakub Vrana Ready for Another Chance Vs. Islanders After Healthy Scratches


After two games as a healthy scratch, Jakub Vrana will be back in the lineup on Tuesday against the New York Islanders (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).


Scratching a player who recorded over 50 points last season was a notable move by head coach Peter Laviolette.


Vrana said Tuesday that the message was received and he realized there were aspects of his game that needed to improve.


He is frequently one of the last players on the ice after practice as he continues to work on and improve aspects of his game.


Vrana comes back into the lineup at a critical time as the Caps play the Islanders in a battle for first place in the East.


Tuesday's game is also a chance to avenge an 8-4 loss the Caps suffered at the hands of the Islanders last week.






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