Washington Capitals Daily Report – 4/12

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Photo: @TomSportsUSA9

The Washington Capitals returned to practice this morning at Kettler, following a day-off on Monday. 

Morning Skate
CaptureAll players were present at practice this morning, including Jay Beagle who returned after sitting out the season finale on Sunday due to a lower body injury. Practice lines at morning skate:

Offensive Lines
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie
Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Wiliams
Chimera-Richards-Johansson
Winnik-Beagle-Wilson

Defensive Pairs
Alzner-Niskanen
Orpik-Carlson
Orlov-Schmidt
Weber-Chorney

Today’s practice lines were the same lines as those that started the St. Louis game. Many had surmised that the Blues game was a “dress rehearsal” for the playoffs, so it’s highly likely that the starting lines on Thursday will be very similar, if not exactly as noted above.

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The stage is set. Photo: @WaltonCaps

The Capitals will hold practice tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:30 AM, and will hold morning skate the day of the first game at 10:15 AM. As expected, media coverage has intensified this week.

The team broke out new shirts today for the players and staff. This post-season’s motto: “Entitled to Nothing”

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New Capitals equipment staff shirts for the playoffs. Photo: @DCKerNBC4

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News and Notes

Capitals

  • Barry Trotz stated this morning that he doesn’t know if he’s ever had a team as healthy going into playoffs as the Caps this year.
  • The Caps are first team since the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens to go an entire regular season without suffering consecutive regulation losses.
  • The Caps are the only team in the NHL to have a winning record when down after the 1st period. (12-9-4). Only 1 team in the past 28 yrs has had a better record when scoring first than the Capitals 34-2-2. (The 2013 Blackhawks, who won the Cup).
  • Alex Ovechkin is the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in three consecutive seasons twice (2007-10, 2013-16).
  • Alex Ovechkin sits 3 points shy of passing Dale Hunter for 1st place on the Capitals playoff points list.
  • Pre-practice video made for players made hair on arms stand on end says #Caps Barry Trotz but he wants to keep it in house and personal (@DCkerNBC4)

Flyers:

  • Everyone accounted for on the ice for the Flyers, except for Shayne Gostisbehere. Reports are that it was a “maintenance day” for Gostisbehere.

General

  • Twelve Players have been Added to 2016 U.S. Men’s National Team. You can view the latest roster here:

Other Stories
Braden Holtby has his game in tune (SI)
Capitals tip off defensive pairs vs. Flyers (CSNMA)
Capitals Today (04/12/16) (Monumental Sports)
Caps Need All-Star Playoff Production From Their All-Star Center (Japers’ Rink)
Alex Ovechkin post-practice interview (Video) (04/12/16) (Monumental Sports)
Jason Chimera post-practice interview (Video) (04/12/16) (Monumental Sports)
Jay Beagle post-practice interview (Video) (04/12/16) (Monumental Sports)
This is what the Caps group-text each other all day long (WaPo)
In Justin Williams, Capitals got the leader they needed — and a class clown (WaPo)
Caps’ Iron Maiden-inspired playoff shirts include ‘Entitled to Nothing’ slogan (WaPo)
The Capitals are more hybrid than ‘heavy’ heading into postseason (WaPo)
Jay Beagle practices fully with the Capitals (WaPo)

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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