Washington Capitals Daily Report – 4/20

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Photo: @washcaps

The Caps held an optional skate at 11:30 this morning at Wells Fargo Center in preparation for tonight’s Game 4 versus the Flyers. Trotz changed the practice from a typical practice to an “optional” practice this morning. The team will head home to Virginia immediately following the game. Puck-drop tonight is 7:00 PM. 

CaptureMORNING SKATE:
Present at this morning’s optional skate:

Taylor Chorney
Mike Weber
Nate Schmidt
Michael Latta
Stan Galiev
Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky
Jay Beagle
Jason Chimera
Daniel Winnik
T.J. Oshie

Braden Holtby was on the ice for practice this morning. The Flyers have announced that they are changing goalies and will be starting Michal Neuvirth. It looks like Taylor Chorney will get the start on the back-end in place of Brooks Orpik.

Braden Holtby taking this ice this morning, with creative touches by @DCKerNBC4:

NEWS AND NOTES:

  • The Capitals are 8 for 17 (47.0%) on the power play this postseason, ranking first in the NHL.
  • Washington is 13 for 13 (100.0%) on the penalty kill, leading the NHL in penalty kill percentage.
  • Washington scored five power-play goals in Game 3, marking the most power-play goals in a single playoff game in franchise history.
  • Michael Neuvirth tasked w/ saving the Flyers season. Neuvirth had an 18-8-4 record, 2.27 GAA, .924 save % w/ 29 starts this season.
  • The Capitals will be holding a viewing party tonight at Verizon Center. More information and registration here:

Justin Williams on NHL Network this morning:

 

Group hug after practice this morning:

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Are you ready?!

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RINK LINKS:
Caps aim to close out Flyers on Wednesday (Mike Vogel)
Two-man advantage (Video) (Mike Vogel and John Walton)
The Narrative: Special Edition: Neuvirth to Start (Japers’ Rink)
Chimera: ‘That 4th game is always the hardest one to get’ (Video) (CSNMA)
Trotz says Philly fans’ behavior ‘uncalled for’ (Video) (CSNMA)
Braden Holtby pre-game media session (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Caps play-by-play man Joe Beninati has a voice for hockey and an eye for style (WaPo)
Brooks Orpik is out for Game 4 vs. Flyers but coach says he’s ‘doing better’ (WaPo)
Capitals looking to finish sweep of Flyers in Game 4 (WaPo)
Taylor Chorney gets nod on blue line for Game 4 (WaPo)
The Jay Beagle milestone the Capitals didn’t know about (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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