The Washington Capitals had the day off today (Thursday), following their 4-3 shootout loss to the Hurricanes in Raleigh Wednesday night. The team will return to Kettler on Friday as they prepare for the Boston Bruins Friday night at Verizon Center. The game will be televised on CSN (and the NHL Network outside of the DC area). The Capitals will conclude their pre-season schedule on Sunday when they take on the New York Islanders at Verizon Center.
Capitals at Hurricanes
After relinquishing a 3-1 lead, the Capitals successfully endured another 3-on-3 overtime on Wednesday night, only to ultimately fall to the ‘Canes in the ensuing shootout. You can read a full recap right here. The game was the fourth pre-season road game in a row for the Capitals, and marked the team’s final road game of the pre-season. Coach Trotz reverted back to an earlier 3-on-3 his overtime strategy by starting off with two forwards and one defenseman – Kuznetsov, Ovechkin and Niskanan. The Hurricanes countered with the same configuration, going with Skinner, Versteeg, Faulk. The 3-on-3 overtime period went scoreless once again, sending the game into a shootout.
No new roster moves were made today (Thursday). The Capitals will need to be down to 23 players by Tuesday, October 6th.
Nicklas Backstrom returned to practice on Wednesday, but still has yet to be cleared for contact. There is still no public time-table for Backstrom. Backstrom had been skating with the team every day during informal skates prior to training camp. As per Isabelle Khurshadyan, Coach Trotz stated “[Backstrom] won’t start the season. … I wouldn’t think that’d he’d play through those first four games.” Trotz said team is preparing for a “worst-case scenario” of Backstrom returning on Nov. 1, though it could be sooner
Chris Brown (hand) and Brooks Orpik (wrist) conducted on-ice work outs prior to schedule team skates. Later on Wednesday it was reported that Brown may be out several weeks. Trotz stated Orpik could be back for the last pre-season game.
News and Notes
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Capitals preparing for Nicklas Backstrom to miss start of season (WaPo)
Private museum lets Mitch Korn relive every moment of his hockey career (WaPo)
Capitals cut five rookies from training camp, send them to Hershey (WaPo)
On same page as Barry Trotz, Capitals’ Jason Chimera ready to write next chapter (WaPo)
Johansson, Latta skate, but won’t play Monday because of injuries (WaPo)
Andi Lambert, wife of Capitals assistant Lane Lambert, dies at 45 (WaPo)
Andre Burakovsky still adjusting to being back at center (WaPo)
Capitals trying to be more defensive in three-on-three OT (WaPo)
Hobbs back with Pats after strong NHL camp (Global News)
Can Alex Ovechkin finally ignite T.J. Oshie’s offense with Capitals? (Yahoo)
Forward Derek Roy is making himself at home on a team he hopes to join (WaPo)
Backup goaltender battle between Peters, Grubauer plays out in Boston (WaPo)
Back with the Capitals again, Chris Bourque still chasing ‘the ultimate goal’ (WaPo)
New Capital Justin Williams: ‘I’m not a savior by any means of the word’ (WaPo)
Capitals-Bruins pregame notes: Johansson sidelined with minor injury, cuts coming (WaPo)
What the Capitals learned from their first three-on-three OT experience (WaPo)
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