The Washington Capitals returned to practice at Kettler this morning (Monday), following a day off for the team on Sunday. The Caps (17-5-1) took over first place in the Metropolitan Division and extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto Saturday night.
Brooks Orpik returned to practice this morning, but is doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, as per Isabelle Khurshudyan. The Capitals held a very competitive and spirited practice today. Barry Trotz included a skate test with wind-sprints. The Capitals will have the day off tomorrow (Tuesday) before returning to practice and travel to Montreal on Wednesday.
News and Notes
- Braden Holtby set a personal winning streak at seven consecutive games with the win over the Leafs. More about Holtby here:
- Braden Holtby was selected as the NHL’s 2nd star of the week: Holtby went 4-0-0 last week (1.75 GAA, .945 SV%, 1 SO) to backstop the Capitals to top of Metropolitan Division standings.
- Jason Chimera won a first-place trophy for having the Caps’ best mustache in Movember.
- 26 save shutout for Ilya Samsonov today – The Capitals first round draft pick in 2015.
- Voting for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game opens tomorrow, December 1 and 12 PM
- New York Rangers are reporting that Derek Stepan will miss 4-6 weeks due to broken ribs.
- Montreal Canadiens goalie sensation Carey Price will be out six weeks, according to a statement released by the team. The Caps are in Montreal on Thursday and host the Canadiens on December 26th. This would mean Price will miss both December games against the Capitals.
Brooks Orpik back at practice, but doubtful for game at Montreal (WaPo)
Braden Holtby named NHL’s ‘Second Star’ of the week (WaPo)
Jason Chimera: The Capitals’ surprise ‘secret weapon’ (WaPo)
Capitals getting a boost from their second power play unit (WaPo)
Capitals defenseman Taylor Chorney is a young veteran at 28 (WaPo)
Organized Chaos (Dump N’ Chase)