Capitals Daily Report for (10-19-15)

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The Washington Capitals held their  morning skate at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, this morning.  They start the first of a three-game western swing tonight against the Flames. Puck drop is 9:00 PM eastern time.  For a complete preview of tonight’s game, click here.

scheduleMorning Skate
The offensive lines remained the same this morning.

Offensive Lines
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Oshie
Johansson-Backstrom-Williams
Chimera-Beagle-Wilson
Laich-Stephenson-Burakovsky

Defensive Lines
Orpik-Carlson
Alzner-Niskanen
Chorney-Orlov

Braden Holtby will get the start in net tonight.

News and Notes
According to Isabelle Khurshudyan, Trotz said Caps have talked about creating a third PP unit in early November, which would have a different look.

Phillipp Grubauer is likely to get his first start of the season this week, as the Capitals will finish their western swing with a back-to-back set of games on Thursday and Friday nights.

As per Dump ‘N Chase, The Caps are one of the last teams in the NHL to finally take to the road for the first time this season. After tonight, the Los Angeles Kings will be the lone NHL club that has yet to play a road game. The Kings play in San Jose on Thursday.

Forward Curtis Glencross has decided to retire from the NHL.  The Capitals acquired Glencross prior to the 2015 trade deadline from Calgary. In return for the veteran forward, the Flames received second- and third-round draft picks in 2015.

As per CSN, former Cap Matt Hendricks was placed on IR today for a foot injury and will miss the game against the Caps on Friday night in Edmonton.

A recent Yahoo Sports poll of 27 NHL players asked who was the league’s most underrated player.  The Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom received the most votes, with 15%.

NHL-most-underrated-playerLatest Stories
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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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