The Capitals remained in Boston last night following their win against the Bruins. The team practiced at Agganis Arena at Boston University this morning, before leaving for New York this afternoon. The Capitals will face the Islanders on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Puck-drop is 7:00 PM.
John Carlson did not participate in the team’s morning skate this morning. Otherwise the team came trough the Boston game without any additional injuries. Carlson will likely not play against the Islanders on Thursday, however Carlson is still a possibility for the game against the Rangers on Saturday. Practice lines this morning:
The Capitals will not hold a morning skate tomorrow (Thursday), prior to their game against the Islanders.
Scenes from morning skate in Boston:
News and Notes
- The 2016 All-Star game rosters were released today. Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby will join Alex Ovechkin and Brarry Trotz. The Capitals’ three All-Star selections mark the team’s most selections since 1984-85.
- The Washington Capitals signed former Los Angeles King Mike Richards to a one year deal, for $1 million.
- Backstrom said he didn’t know Trotz had been campaigning for him. “Thanks, I guess.” Backstrom said he was surprised to learn he’ll be an all-star. Why? “I haven’t been to an all-star game before.”
- As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, Asked Holtby if the ASG was something he’d enjoy. “I enjoy playing for the Capitals more than anything.”
- As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, John Carlson won’t be in tomorrow. Trotz said he’s still hopeful he can get into the last game of the road trip.
- As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington’s Zach Sill will have a hearing today for boarding Boston’s Adam McQuaid. If Sill’s suspended, Caps can waive him. But he can’t play another NHL game until he’s been on NHL roster for number of games of suspension. Basically, Sill can be sent down, but can’t play in NHL again until he has served what remains on his suspension in the NHL. Zach Sill’s hearing with NHL Player Safety is at 4:30 p.m. and it’s over the phone. [Update: Sill received a two-game suspension for the hit on McQuaid.]
Backstrom, Holtby and Trotz chosen for all-star team (WAPo)
Marcus Johansson finding comfort playing center (WaPo)
‘Harry Potter’ and the sorcerer’s stick: Kuznetsov stars as Caps top Bruins (WPo)