Washington Capitals Daily Report – 3/29

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The Capitals held their final practice at Kettler this morning before departing on their three- game road-trip. The Caps take on the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia tomorrow (Wednesday) night. Puck-drop is 8:00 PM, and will be televised on NBCSN as the “Wednesday Night Rivalry” game of the week.

Morning Skate
CaptureWith nothing left to win in the regular season, other than possibly a few personal accolades, it looks like Coach Trotz was mixing things up this morning, to keep things interesting. Practice lines at morning skate:

Offensive Lines:
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Burakovsky
Williams-Backstrom-Oshie
Beagle-Johanssonwilson-Chimera
Winnik-Richards-Wilson

Defensive Pairs:
Carlson-Schmidt
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Orpik

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Photo: @brittmchenry

News and Notes

  • The Capitals’ 54 wins are tied for the fourth-most wins through a team’s first 75 games of a season in NHL history.
  • Washington has tied the franchise record for wins in a season (2009-10: 54) and is eight points shy of matching the franchise record for points in a season (2009-10: 121)
  • Cooking with the Caps, a Washington Capitals Cookbook presented by SuperFd Catering, is now available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting DC Central Kitchen. More info here:
  • “Caps Talk” is a two-hour daily call-in show from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday on Caps Radio 24/7.

Capitals @ Flyers
As noted, the Capitals are on their way to Philadelphia this afternoon for their game against the Flyers tomorrow night. The game is potentially a first-round playoff preview and should be highly contested. The Flyers are battling Detroit for the final Wild Card spot and need to win the game. For the Caps, this will be a good test to see where the team stands, as well as great preparation for the team, should the first round collision materialize.

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Other Stories
Caps Clip Columbus, 4-1 (Dump N’ Chase)
Post-Game Notebook: Caps 4, Jackets 1 (Dump N’ Chase)
Barry Trotz post-practice interview (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Nate Schmidt – post-practice interview (Video) (Monumental Sports)
T.J. Oshie – post-practice interview (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Braden Holtby – post-practice interview (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Nicklas Backstrom, the Power Play and the Threat of a Shot (Japer’s Rink)
Tom Wilson has a lot to celebrate against Columbus (CSNMA)
Barry Trotz was way ahead of you in worrying about the Caps’ motivation (WaPo)
No champagne for Caps after Presidents’ Trophy clincher (WaPo)
Quietly lurking Isles would ‘hate to be’ powerhouse Capitals -Cal Clutterbuck (New York Post)

Play-off Scenarios
The Capitals clinched the 2015-16 Presidents’ Trophy with a 4-1 win against Columbus on Monday, securing the best record in hockey for the 2015-2016 season. The Capitals will face the second Wild Card team in the opening round of the playoffs, scheduled to start on or around April 14th. If the playoffs started today the Capitals would face the Philadelphia Flyers.

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And finally, happy 22nd birthday to Tom Wilson!

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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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