Washington Capitals Daily Report (12-04-15)

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Caps practice today in Winnipeg. (Photo: @ikhurshudyan)

The Washington Capitals arrived in Winnipeg late Thursday night, following their 3-2 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal.  For a complete recap and all the goal videos, check out our game recap right here:  The Capitals will look to win their seventh straight game as they take on the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Puck drop is 3:00 PM EST.

Practice
As per Isabelle KhurshudyanMarcus Johansson left practice early. Trotz said he tweaked something last night. Felt discomfort today, so Trotz excused him from practice.  Trotz said he will be a game-time decision for tomorrow’s game.  Stanislav Galiev replaced Johansson in the practice lines. Andre Burakovsky was in Johansson’s spot for power play practice.  The practice lines for today’s skate.

scheduleOffensive Lines
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie
Johansson/Galiev-Kuznetsov-Williams
Chimera-Beagle-Burakovsky
Laich-Latta-Wilson

Defensive Pairs
Schmidt-Carlson
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Chorney

 

Capitals @ Jets

The Caps (18-5-1) head into tomorrow’s contest with the Jets (12-12-1) will look to extend their six-game winning streak, their longest since an eight-game run during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.  Coach Barry Trotz confirmed that Braden Holtby will start in goal for the Caps against Winnipeg.  Holtby will be shooting for career-high 9th straight win.  Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice was asked by Jets media who would start in goal against the Caps on Saturday.  He would not provide a direct answer, but it is expected that rookie Connor Hellebuyck gets the start.  The Jets did not practice today.

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News and Notes

  • The Caps generated a season-low 19 shots Thursday versus the Canadiens.
  • Braden Holtby tied his season high with 33 saves on Thursday at Montreal to extend his winning streak to a career-high eight games.  Holtby is the first goalie in the NHL to win 8 straight games this season.
  • Barry Trotz earned his 620th career win to tie Bryan Murray for 10th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list among head coaches.

Standings

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Latest Stories
Andre Burakovsky: ‘I’m not even close’ (WaPo)
Tom Wilson finds scoring touch for a second straight game for Capitals (WaPo)
Oshie scores twice as Caps edge Montreal, 3-2 (WaPo)
With Brooks Orpik out, John Carlson taking on leadership role for the defense (WaPo)
With or without Carey Price, Capitals not taking Montreal lightly
Capitals piece together clues about ‘Mr. Game 7’ (WaPo)
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)

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(ESPN.com)

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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