Washington Capitals Daily Report – 5/4


The Capitals wrapped up preparations for game 4 this morning at CONSOL Energy Center. Puck-drop for game 4 is tonight at 8:00 PM. The Caps will return to Northern Virginia tonight immediately following the game. 

Coach Trotz made the morning skate optional for the team this morning. Players in attendance at morning skate:

CaptureMichael Latta
Stan Galiev
Mike Weber
Dmitry Orlov
Brooks Orpik
Nate Schmidt
Taylor Chorney
Jay Beagle
Justin Williams
Daniel Winnik
Jason Chimera
Andre Burakovsky
Tom Wilson
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Mike Richards

With an optional skate, it was difficult to determine Marcus Johansson‘s status for tonight’s game 4, but it sounds like he will be ready to go:

Early indications are that Mike Weber will replace Nate Schmidt on the 3rd line tonight.



  • The Capitals will be holding a viewing party at Verizon Center for game 4 on Wednesday night. More information and RSVP here:
  • Game 5 is set for Saturday night at Verizon Center. Puck-drop is 7:15 PM.

Capitals at Penguins

  • Pens Kris Letang will serve his one game suspension tonight for his hit on Marcus Johansson in game 3.
  • Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan says Forwards Bryan Rust and Eric Fehr, and defenseman Olli Maatta are all game time decisions vs Capitals tonight.

By The Numbers

  • Alex Ovechkin registered two points (1g, 1a) in Game 3 against Pittsburgh on Monday, marking his franchise-leading 20th career multi-point playoff game.
  • Braden Holtby has posted four shutouts, a 1.82 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage in 43 career playoff games. Braden Holtby’s playoff numbers this season: 1.44 GAA .949 Save %
  • Teams that go up 3-1 in a best-of-7 win 90.3% of the time (261-28)


Caps Look to Get Even (Mike Vogel)
Barry Trotz pre-game interview (Video) (Monumental Sports)
The Noon Number: To the Nines (Japers’ Rink)
Capitals Vow to Keep Pounding the Rock (CSNMA)
Tom Wilson wants to keep the Caps-Penguins series ‘clean and hard’ (WaPo)
Hendricks to captain U.S. at Worlds for second straight year (NBC)
With NHL suspensions, does the punishment fit the crime or the injury? (WaPo)
Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov goes from scratch to skating with John Carlson (WaPo)
Discipline, firing on all cylinders and a fired-up No. 8 can get it done for the Washington Capitals (ESPN)

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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