Washington Capitals Daily Report – 4/27

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The Capitals returned to practice this morning at Kettler, to finalize preparations for game 1 of the second round of the playoffs. Puck-drop against the Penguins is a pesky prime time 8:00PM. 

MORNING SKATE:
CaptureBrooks Orpik practiced again today and looks like a strong possibility for playing in tomorrow night’s opener, although he still hasn’t been medically cleared. Karl Alzner was not at practice today (maintenance day). Practice lines at morning skate:

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

Defensive pairs:
Orpik-Carlson
Weber-Niskanen
Orlov-Schmidt

Mike Weber filled in for Alzner on the second defensive pair.

Braden Holtby was officially announced as a Vezina trophy finalist this afternoon:

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Extended Metro Hours
Verizon Center and Metro announce extended service for  Capitals’ Playoff Game on April 28. Metrorail will remain open one additional hour to accommodate fans attending the Capitals playoff game tomorrow, Thursday, April 28 at Verizon Center at 8 p.m. Fans entering the system after midnight must use the following station entrances:

  • Gallery Place (7th and F Street entrance only)
  • Judiciary Square (F Street entrance only)
  • Metro Center (11th & G Street entrance only)

All Capitals Goals from Round 1 in 60 seconds:

NEWS AND NOTES

General

  • Yesterday, the NHL announced the complete schedule for the Capitals-Penguins series, which can be found here:
  • The Flyers Brayden Schenn was suspended for his hit on T.J. Oshie in game 6 of the first round series. More information here:
  • The Capitals have announced a viewing party at Verizon Center for game 4 on Thursday, May 4th. More information here:
  • Don’t forget to catch “Caps Talk” with John Walton each weekday from 4-6PM on Caps Radio.

Capitals-Penguins

  • The Capitals and Penguins met five times during the regular season with Washington posting a 2-2-1 record.
  • A recap of the playoff history between the Penguins and Capitals can be found here:
  • Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan said Conor Sheary (missed today’s practice) has “some bumps & bruises.” The Penguns medical staff held him out today, but he is expected to play Game 1.

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Happy 29th Birthday to Taylor Chorney!

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RINK LINKS
Beagle Aims for Yet Another Championship (Mike Vogel)
Why Alex Ovechkin doesn’t want this to be Ovi vs. Crosby (Chuck Gormley)
Caps head coach Barry Trotz addresses the media after the second day of practice leading up to the Round Two against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Monumental Sports)
Get to Know a Penguin: Nick Bonino (Japers’ Rink)
Capitals’ Holtby has edge over Penguins’ Murray (NHL.com)
Capitals Report (4/27) (Mike Vogel and John Walton)
Trotz provides updates on Alzner, Orpik (WaPo)
Capitals prepare to play former teammate Eric Fehr in playoffs (WaPo)
Capitals iron man Karl Alzner takes a maintenance day (WaPo)
Ovechkin vs. Crosby: NHL stars cross in playoffs for first time since 2009 (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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