Washington Capitals Daily Report – 4/13

morning-skate
Photo: @m_moyers8

The Capitals returned to the ice at Kettler this morning for their last full practice before kicking off the playoffs tomorrow night. The Capitals will hold an optional morning skate tomorrow morning at 10:15 AM. 

Morning Skate:
CaptureThe Capitals continued with the lines that were formalized for the St. Louis game, so it’s pretty apparent these will be the starting lines tomorrow night. The practice lines at morning skate:

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

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

Jason Chimera and T.J. Oshie left the ice during practice. Chimera would return, but Oshie was kept off the ice for “precautionary reasons”, as per the Capitals.

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So, the stage is set:

News and Notes

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Capitals with five points (5a) in four games against the Flyers during the regular season and Justin Williams earned four points (1g, 3a) in four games against Philadelphia.
  • Caps went 2-0-2 during the regular season versus Philadelphia. For a complete series preview you can read that here:
  • Teams that win Game 1 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 437-200 (68.6%).
  • As per Chuck Gormley, Asked Jason Chimera why he left the ice early then returned to practice: ‘I had to call my mother.’
  • Dont miss “Caps Talk”, each day from 4-6PM on Caps Radio.

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DC rapper “Styme” released his new Capitals playoff anthem “Unleash The Fury” today:

Tickets
As of 6:00 PM Wednesday night, 2038 tickets remained for sale on StubHub, ranging from $68 for Section 427 seats, to $1,500 for glass seats (Row A) in section 112.

Coach Trotz and his “honey do’s”:

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Other Stories
Caps Face Flyers in Game 1 (Dump ‘N Chase)
Barry Trotz post-practice media interview (04/13/16)
The Noon Number:Four in Seven. (Japers Rink)
The Capitals’ Ice Cheetah Gets Serious – Interview (Video) NBC4
Capitals Eager to Start Playoffs (Video) (Philly.com)
Caps Today – 04/13/16 (Monumental Sports)
Evgeny Kuznetsov – post-practice interview (Video) (04/13/16)
Brian MacLellan is right at home, at the center of Capitals’ success (WaPo)
The Washington Capitals are balanced on and off the ice (WaPo)
The Caps hooked up two fans from Sweden whose last hockey trip was snowed out (WaPo)
T.J. Oshie leaves practice early for ‘precautionary reasons’ (WaPo)
NHL players collect hockey sticks like fans collect trading cards (WaPo)
Capitals keeping defensive options open for their third pair (WaPo)
Flyers dedicate the postseason to their late, beloved owner, Ed Snider (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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