Washington Capitals Daily Report – 3/22

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The Capitals are in Ottawa today, getting set to take on the Senators tonight at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck-drop is 7:30 PM.

CaptureMorning Skate:
Practice lines at morning skate:

Offesnive Lines:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Williams
Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Oshie
Chimera-Johansson-Beagle
Winnik-Richards-Wilson

Defensive Pairs
Alzner-Niskanen
Orpik-Orlov
Weber-Chorney

Coach Trotz moved Justin Williams up to the top-line this morning, and moved Jay Beagle from the top line down to the third line.

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Graphic: @washcaps

Braden Holtby will get the start in net for the Caps tonight. Craig Anderson has been named the starting goaltender for the Senators. This will be Anderson’s first start of the year.

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The Captain leads final stretches. Photo: @washcaps

News and Notes:

  • The Capitals can clinch the Metropolitan Division title & No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference if they defeat Ottawa in any fashion tonight.
  • This will be the Capitals last visit north of the border this season. No Canadian teams will be making the playoffs.
  • The Capitals will return home tonight and are scheduled to practice at Kettler tomorrow and Thursday before departing for heading to New Jersey for their game against the Devils on Friday.
  • The Capitals have yet to lose back-to-back games in regulation this season.
  • The Washington Capitals and the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2017-18 season, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced on Monday.
  • Swedish Heritage Night is March 28 at Verizon Center, when the Capitals host the Columbus Blue Jackets.  More here:

Standings

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Other Stories
Karl Alzner- What the (Blank) – The Players Tribune
Barry Trotz post-practice interview (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Alex Ovechkin post-practice interview (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Caps Red Line – Cruisin’ with Tom Green (Video)
Caps Look to Rebound vs. Sens in Ottawa (Mike Vogel)
Barry Trotz says it’s okay to have kids in the locker room (WaPo)
Why the Caps shouldn’t panic after loss to Penguins (CSNMA)
Mike Weber won’t face suspension after boarding major (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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