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.
As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, Marcus 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.
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.
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.
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)