Washington Capitals Daily Report – 2/10

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The Capitals have made their way to Minnesota. The Capitals will be looking for their fifth-straight win when they square-off against the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Afternoon Practice
CaptureThe team held their daily skate at Xcel Energy Center today at 2:00 PM EST. Mike Richards took a maintenance day today, and did not participate in the team’s practice this afternoon. Practice lines for this afternoon’s practice:

Offensive lines:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie
Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Williams
Chimera-Johansson-Wilson
Galiev-Laich-Latta

Defensive pairs:
Schmidt-Carlson
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Chorney

The team is currently scheduled to hold morning skate at 11:30 CT on Thursday.

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News and Notes

  • As per WaPo, there’s a chance Brooks Orpik plays tomorrow, but even if he doesn’t, he might take warmups. In any case, all signs point to a return soon.  When he does get back into the lineup, he’ll start on third pair.
  • Richards status for tomorrow night’s game is unknown. The team will re-assess tomorrow.
  • After last night, the Caps became the first team in NHL history with 39 wins through their first 52 regular season games.
  • The Capitals remain are still the only team in the NHL with single-digit losses.
  • Alex Ovechkin’s empty net power-play goal last night ended a streak of 18 consecutive power plays without a goal, yet the Caps still have the number one ranked power play in the NHL.
  • The Wild has lost 14 of 17 games in 2016 (3-10-4), 11 of the past 12 games (1-9-2), six in a row overall since Jan. 21 (0-4-2) and six straight at home since Dec. 28 (0-3-3).

Richards injury may have occurred here:

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Standings

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Other Stories
Barry Trotz – Post-practice interview (MSE)
Capitals Play Middle Match of Trip in Minnesota (Dump N’ Chase)
With NHL elite Caps in town, the heat is on Wild coach Mike Yeo (Star-Tribune)
Mike Richards’s status uncertain after maintenance day (WaPo)
Marcus Johansson returns with a three-point night to lift Capitals (WaPo)
Capitals’ power play in a slump (WaPo)


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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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