Washington Capitals Daily Report – 5/2

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Brooks Orpik media-scrum this morning in Pittsburgh: Photo: @RobCarlonCSN

The Capitals held practice skate at CONSOL Energy Center this morning in Pittsburgh. Puck-drop for game 3 is tonight at 8:00 PM. The game will be televised on NBCSN.

MORNING SKATE
CaptureCaps held morning skate at 11:30 this morning. Karl Alzner did not participate in practice. Practice lines at morning skate:

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

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

Karl Alzner lifted weights outside of the Caps locker room, and is likely to play tonight.

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NEWS AND NOTES
General

  • Start time for Game 5 of Second Round series between Penguins and Capitals is set for 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday in Washington.
  • The Capitals will be holding a viewing party at Verizon Center for game 4 on Wednesday night. More information and RSVP here:
  • Happy 37th birthday to Jason Chimera!
  • Caps and MSE Foundation Host Service Project at Fort Dupont. More information here:

Capitals-Penguins

  • The NHL announced last night that Brooks Orpik has been suspended for three games, starting with game 3 tonight.
  • Although suspended, Brooks Orpik can still participate in all team activities, including practice, which he did indeed do this morning.
  • In his press conference this morning, Coach Trotz implied Orpik’s suspension was affected by opponent. Video here.
  • The Penguins held an optional morning skate today. Fleury is took shots at start of practice, Murray in the starter’s net.
  • Alex Ovechkin has gone 5 straight games without a goal.. He has not gone 6 in a row all season.
  • Olli Maatta did not participate in the Pens morning skate and will not play in game 3 tonight.

By-The-Numbers

  • Excluding Mike Weber, Orpik is the only Caps defenseman with a sub-50 percent CF%. He’s at 43.98 percent.
  • Braden Holtby has posted a 5-3 record with 2 shutouts & a .957 SV% this postseason & leads the NHL in SV% & SO’s this postseason.
  • When teams are tied 1-1 after two games, the team that has won Game 3 has gone on to win series 67 percent of the time.
  • Playoff penalty differential since 2008 shows the Caps at -31. Interesting data.

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Graphic: @Karl_McDonnell

Brooks Orpik’s response to suspension:

Tom Wilson with an astute observation:

RINK LINKS
Scene Shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 3 (Mike Vogel)
Two-Man Advantage (Video) (Mike Vogel and John Walton)
Brooks Orpik post-practice media scrum (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Braden Holtby meets with media following practice this morning (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Alex Ovechkin meets with the media following practice this morning (Video) (Monumental Sports)
Barry Trotz hints NHL favored Penguins on Orpik suspension (Yahoo Sports)
Power vs. Power and Crosby vs. Backstrom (Japers’ Rink)
The Narrative: Orpik/Maatta, The Other Cheek and Sid vs. Ovi (Japers’ Rink)
The Noon Number: Backstrong in the Dot (Japers’ Rink)
Taylor Chorney looks to see more time on the ice and the Capitals’ penalty kill (WaPo)
Nicklas Backstrom gets faceoff redemption, as Capitals’ top line continues to hold its own (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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