Washington Capitals Daily Report (10-26-15)

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The Caps returned to practice this morning (Monday) following a much deserved weekend off. The Capitals will re-fire the engines for their next opponent, that team from Pittsburgh, on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. The game will be nationally televised as the “Wednesday Night Rivalry” game of the week. Puck drop is 8:00 PM.

scheduleMorning Skate
No changes in the lines at practice today.  All 23 players were in attendance. Practice lines for this morning:

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

Defensive Pairs:
Orpik-Carlson
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Chorney

For more pictures from morning skate, check out the NoVa Caps Instagram at @NoVa_Caps.

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News and Notes
The Capitals will host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night presented by Leidos during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Oct. 28.  During warmups, players will wear lavender Capitals jerseys with a Hockey Fights Cancer patch in honor of Andi Lambert, the late wife of assistant coach Lane Lambert.  Read more on the event right here:

A reminder, even if you are not attending the game on Wednesday night, you can still bid on the auction items on-line, beginning at noon on Wednesday. More information and the bidding site is here:

kuzy92Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named the NHL’s “First Star” for the week ending Oct. 25, the NHL announced today. Kuznetsov paced the NHL with six assists and nine points – and also shared the League lead with a +5 rating – as the Capitals (6-1-0, 12 points) won all three of their games.

In addition to Evgeny Kuznetsov’s hattrick, each member of the Capitals second line scored a goal.

The Capitals are currently ranked 18th in the NHL in faceoff win percentages, comething Trotz will be looking to improve. You can read more about that right here.

kuzybobbleMike Green is out 2-3 weeks with upper-body injury, Holland said.  He could miss the game against the Capitals on November 10th in Detroit.

The Washington Capitals and Innova Health will be holding the next Capitals blood drive on Saturday, November 14th, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.  All donoors will receive an Evgeny Kuznetsov bobblehead.  You can sign up right here:

seatingchartTicket Trends
At 1:00 PM. this afternoon, approximately 870 tickets remained on Stubhub for Wednesday night’s game against the Penguins. Current prices range from $46 for upper level seats to $550 for VIP glass seats in section 112 (Row A).

Tickets on the Washington Capitals official ticket exchange range from $14 for upper level to $422 for Section 107, Row D.

Latest Stories
Karl Alzner wants to pick up his game (WaPo)
Evgeny Kuznetsov named NHL’s ‘First Star’ of the week (WaPo)
Nate Schmidt staying positive through early-season scratches (WaPo)
Jason Chimera proving he’s ‘still got it’ (WaPo)
Capitals drawing momentum from penalty kill (WaPo)
Prospect Report: A big week for Chandler Stephenson (CSN)
Caps Take On Canucks in Vancouver (Dump ‘N Chase)
Marcus Johansson is playing bigger for the Capitals (WaPo)
Flames broadcasters get heated after Alex Ovechkin skates in Calgary’s zone during warmups (WaPo)
Capitals adding new wrinkles to power play (WaPo)
With development of Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals have one-two punch up the middle (WaPo)
Jay Beagle finds a home on Washington Capitals’ checking line (WaPo)
Private museum lets Mitch Korn relive every moment of his hockey career (WaPo)

THIS DAILY REPORT IS UPDATED IN REAL-TIME, AS NEWS AND OTHER NOTES EMERGE, UNTIL 5 PM EACH DAY. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

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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