Washington Capitals Daily Report – 4/22

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The Capitals returned to Northern Virginia late Wednesday night following their 2-1 loss to the Flyers in Game 4. Coach Trotz gave the team the day-off on Thursday and returned to Kettler Friday morning to finalize preparations for Game 5. Puck-drop for game 5 is tonight at 7:00PM. 

MORNING SKATE:
CaptureBrooks Orpik (upper body injury) did not practice with the team this morning. Practice lines at morning skate:

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

Defensive pairs:
Schmidt-Carlson
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Chorney

Taylor Chorney will once again fill-in for Brook Orpik. Braden Holtby will get the start in goal for the Caps. Michal Neuvirth will get the start in goal for the Flyers.

NEWS AND NOTES:

  • Braden Holtby ranks 1st in NHL playoff history (min. 25 games played) in career save percentage (.939).
  • Braden Holtby 18-9 record when allowing 2 or fewer goals in playoffs. Allowed 3+ 11 times (1-10)
  • The Capitals lead the NHL in goals (13) and goals against (4) this postseason.
  • Mike Richards has earned 18 points (4g, 14a) in 20 career Game 5s.
  • Top power plays in 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Caps (8 for 19; 42.1%) & Pens (7/19; 36.8), appear to be on collision course.
  • Tonight’s Game 5 will be broadcast locally on CSNM. Outside of the local markets on NBCSN. In Canada on CBC and TVA.
  • Barry Trotz post-practice interview this morning (Video) can be found here:
  • Check out “Caps Talk” with John Walton each weekday from 4-6PM on Caps Radio:

Brayden Schenn “apologizes”.

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Flyers morning skate at Verizon

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RINK LINKS:
Caps Have Another Chance to Finish Flyers on Friday (Mike Vogel)
News and Notes From Caps’ Morning Skate (Mike Vogel)
The Noon Number: Bouncing Back (Japers’ Rink)
Chances are the Caps will Close Out Series Soon (Japers’ Rink)
Searching for Killer Instinct (Japers’ Rink)
Trotz addresses Orpik’s upper body injury (Chuck Gormley)
Capitals vow to pressure Neuvirth early in Game 5 (CSNMA)
When it comes to the Capitals, when is it too early to panic? (Wash Times)
Brooks Orpik’s status uncertain as Capitals host Game 5 on Friday night (Wash Times)
Braden Holtby post-practice media session (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Nate Schmidt post-practice media session (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Jason Chimera post-practice interview (Video) (ESPN)
Capitals Eager to End Series Versus Flyers (NHL.com)
Taylor Chorney stays in the lineup with Brooks Orpik still out (WaPo)
Capitals’ habit of coming back strong after a loss should serve them well in Game 5 (WaPo)
Capitals’ crease wasn’t big enough for both Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth (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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2 Responses to Washington Capitals Daily Report – 4/22

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looking For a WIN CAPS❤️.

    Liked by 1 person

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