Day three of training camp saw increased focus, as the media-saturation has subsided and it’s time to get down to hockey.
More time was dedicated to the new 3-on-3 overtime format during practice on Sunday morning, as Trotz begins to tinker with line configurations. As per Alex Prewitt, the Capitals put in five minutes for 3v3 OT practce. “Ovechkin cherry-picked at the offensive blue line and scored 38 secs in. Then Oshie scored 26 seconds later”. In addition, Trotz explored the “Team Russia” (8, 92, 9) line, as well for 3-on-3 overtime play.
As per Alex Prewitt, The Capitals held their first scrimmage this morning, (Team Red vs. Team White) gearing up for tomorrow nights pre-season opener.
As noted in yesterday’s report, tomorrow nights game will conclude with a five minute period of 3-on-3 hockey, regardless of the score, as teams continue to refine their overtime strategies.
News and Notes
Former Washington Capital Matt Bradley was again in attendance today at Kettler. He will be providing part-time scouting for the Capitals this season.
As per Igor Eronko, Washington Capitals 2015 1st round pick Ilya Samsonov got a 25 save win (5:2) in his first ever #KHL start.
Dmitry Olov on 3-on-3 with fellow Russians Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov: ‘Nobody undertsands what we say. Nobody know what we do.’
As per Chuck Gormley, Marcus Johansson-Andre Burakovsky-Justin Williams skating together in O-zone drills. Jay Beagle centering a line with LW Zach Sill and RW Michael Latta.
Trotz said the current plan is for Holtby and Ellis to split time tomorrow in the preseason opener. The full roster for tomorrow night’s game has not been released but will probably be made known tomorrow morning. First roster reduction next weekend.
As many you are aware, the NHL has instituted 3-on-3 play for all overtimes this season, in attempt to reduce the number of games that end in a shootout. As a result the NHL has decided to test the new format in 45 pre-season games, including Monday nights Capitals-Hurricanes game. Following the end of the game, regardless of score, there will be a five-minute period of 3-on-3 hockey, to give the league and coaches a feel for things. It should be exciting.
Lineups for tomorrow nights pre-season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes:
Andre Burakovsky to start at center (Isabelle Khurshudyan/WaPo)
MacLellan, Trotz: Third-line center, depth defense among camp battles to watch (by Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Nicklas Backstrom on playing in season opener: ‘I don’t know.’ (Isabelle Khurshudyan/WaPo)
Capitals expect no surprises in second camp under Barry Trotz (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
2015-16 Washington Capitals training camp preview: Defensemen )Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney talks rookie tournament, future hosting plans (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
After rookie season, Michael Latta ready for bigger role with Capitals (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
In Washington on tryout agreement, Derek Roy trying to ‘act like a rookie’ (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Brooks Orpik discusses wrist surgery, staying patient during recovery (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Capitals’ Vitek Vanecek making progress, word by word (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
This daily report is updated in real time, as news and notes emerge, until 5pm each day, so check back for updates.