Washington Capitals Daily Report (10-28-15)

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The Capitals return to the ice tonight, following a five-day break, to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center.  Tonight’s game is NBC’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” game of the week, so no Joe B. And Locker tonight.  Puck drop is 8:07 PM.

Morning Skate
Justin Williams, who was out sick yesterday, returned to practice this morning, so it would appear he is ready to go tonight.  Practice lines for this morning’s skate:

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

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

Braden Holtby was the first goalie off the ice this morning and will be in net tonight. It appears that Michael Latta, Stanislav Galiev, Nate Schmidt are the healthy scratches for tonight’s game.

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Kuzy enjoying this morning’s skate.

News and Notes
As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, “Trotz said Schmidt is learning to play right side (since Orlov’s now on left), so probably explains some of why we’ve seen lots of Chorney”.

As per Katie Brown, Alex Ovechkin was asked by CSN’s Chuck Gormley “who’s better between him and Crosby. Didn’t love it. “Are you kidding me right now?” he shot back.

As per Mike Vogel, Former Washington Capital Eric Fehr is not expected to play, still recovering from offseason surgery. Believe he is making trip with team, though.

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

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A foggy morning at Kettler.

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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:

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:

seatingchartTicket Trends
At 11:00 AM. this morning, approximately 364 tickets remained on Stubhub for tonight’s night’s game against the Penguins. Current prices range from $50 for upper level seats to $475 for VIP glass seats in section 112 (Row A).

Latest Stories
Michael Latta: ‘It’s been tough’ to be scratched for five straight games (WaPo)
Capitals’ Chris Brown is stuck in hockey’s no-man’s land (WaPo)
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)

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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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