The Washington Capitals returned to the ice at Kettler this morning (Friday) after taking the day off on Thursday. The Capitals look to return to winning ways tonight night at Verizon Center when they play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Capitals will then head to Sunrise, Florida following the game to take on the Florida Panthers on Saturday. The Capitals will spend the weekend in Florida before heading to New York on Monday for their game against the New York Rangers next Tuesday.
As anticipated, Head Coach Barry Trotz looks like he is shaking up the 4th line as he mentioned he would probably do in his post game presser on Wednesday night. The practice lines for this morning.
Braden Holtby confirmed for tonight. Very good chance Phillipp Grubauer plays at Florida tomorrow night. Taylor Chorney and Chandler Stephenson are the healthy scratches for tonight. Nicklas Backstrom led final stretches this morning.
For more pictures from morning skate, check out the NoVa Caps Instagram at @NoVa_Caps.
News and Notes
The Columbus Blue Jackets have reported that Ryan Johansen has returned and said he’s good to go vs the Capitals tonight.
As per Chuck Gormley, Jason Chimera on facing Columbus and new coach John Tortorella:’There will be a whole lot more yelling behind the bench,’ “You always want to make him fester behind the bench … It’s going to be a fun matchup.”
Ted Leonsis announced today that the Capitals have discontinued the use of “Skycam” in its current configuration. “The Washington Capitals have decided to discontinue the testing of SkyCam as it currently is configured. The team, however, is open to additional testing that is more conducive to Verizon Center fans.”
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 donors will receive an Evgeny Kuznetsov bobblehead. You can sign up right here:
At 11:00 AM. this morning, approximately 685 tickets remained on Stubhub for tonight’s night’s game against the Blue Jackets. Current prices range from $19 for upper level seats to $325 for seats in section 101 (Row E ).
Michael Latta, Nate Schmidt return to Capitals lineup (WaPo)
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)
Private museum lets Mitch Korn relive every moment of his hockey career (WaPo)
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