The Washington Capitals return to action tonight when they play host to the Florida Panthers at Verizon Center. This will be the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. The teams have split the first two games, both in Florida.
The Caps will be without the services of Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby for tonight’s game. Ovechkin will be serving his one-game mandatory suspension for missing the All-Star game. Holtby will have the night-off to catch-up on rest following the All-Star weekend. The Capitals will wear their third alternate jerseys tonight. Puck-drop is 7:30 PM.
Marcus Johansson did not participate in morning skate, and will likely miss tonight’s game. Brooks Orpik participated in morning skate with the team, his first team practice since December 7th. The practice lines from this morning’s skate:
Power Play Lines:
PP1: 77, 92, 19, 14, 2
PP2: 43, 25, 74, 49, 65
Alex Ovechkin is suspended for tonight’s game. Braden Holtby will be out as well (rest). Marcus Johansson out with lower body injury. The goalie match-up, from @CapsGoalies:
The postponed game between the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks, originally scheduled to be played on Friday, Jan. 22, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Center. the postponed game between the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, originally scheduled to be played on Sunday, Jan. 24, has been moved to Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Center. Tickets for the originally scheduled games will be honored for the rescheduled dates. All guests must retain their original tickets in order to attend the games’ new date and time. Additional information will be communicated directly to ticket holders via e-mail.
News and Notes:
The Capitals are now entering the closing stretch of the season in which they will play their final 35 games in a span of 69 nights. More on Schedule breakdown here:
- As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, Orpik said his bone needed eight weeks to heal, which has gotten him to this point. Now just about getting to place where he can play. Orpik said he thought he could play through it after a certain period of time. But when that didn’t work, had to shut it down and not rush. Asked Orpik how far away he feels. “Don’t know. Obviously, I haven’t played a game in a while.” Said he has to get “some good practices” in.
- As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, Trotz said he doesn’t know how long Johansson will be out. Still “day-to-day.” Skated before practice this morning.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov was named the NHL’s number one star for the month of January on Monday.
- The Washington Capitals will host their 14th annual Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, Feb. 4, during the game against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center at 7:30 p.m. Salute to the Military Night is an evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served the country in the armed forces. During pregame warm-ups the Capitals will wear camouflage jerseys, which will be signed and auctioned off by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation. The auction opened at noon on Monday, Feb. 1, on Handbid and will conclude at the end of the second intermission during the Caps game against the Islanders on Feb. 4.
Stanislav Galiev bumped up to top line with Alex Ovechkin suspended (WaPo)
Defenseman Brooks Orpik returns to team practices (WaPo)
Capitals will be shorthanded against Panthers in first game after all-star break (WaPo)
Marcus Johansson unlikely to play against Panthers (WaPo)
Barry Trotz imagines an NHL future without fighting (WaPo)
Despite an early exit, Capitals all-stars have fun with new three-on-three tournament format (WaPo)
Evgeny Kuznetsov pays tribute to Alex Ovechkin in breakaway challenge (WaPo)
Braden Holtby, master of the goalie goal (WaPo)