The Washington Capitals returned to the Kettler rinks this morning for day three of training camp, and to begin initial preparations for their first pre-season game against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night (Monday) at Verizon Center. Puck-drop is 7:00PM.
Team USA members Matt Niskanen and TJ Oshie joined training camp this morning, for the camps second practice group of the day. John Carlson will be joining training camp tomorrow (Monday). Assistant coach Todd Reirden stated yesterday that Team USA players will not participate in the first two preseason games. However, Team USA players will not escape the dreaded conditioning test:
Presenting the Oklahoma drill of hockey: pic.twitter.com/xHQFbZuSh8
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) September 25, 2016
— LuvdCaps (@luvdcaps) September 25, 2016
Defenseman Nate Schmidt took a hard hit into the boards in the first practice this morning. Schmidt did not return to the ice before the conclusion of his groups practice session.
Schmidt would report after the practice session that he was fine.
Swedish defensemen Christian Djoos, in the final year of his entry contract with the Capitals, is one of the half-dozen prospects on the bubble for playing time this season.
TJ Oshie after practice today:
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) September 25, 2016
With the ousting of Team Russia by Team Canada in last night’s semi-final game of the World Cup of Hockey, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov will be joining training camp early this week. Coach Trotz is giving the players one day for travel and two days off, so expect the three to join training camp activities by Wednesday.
With Team Sweden’s 3-2 overtime loss to Team Europe on Sunday, Nicklas Backstrom will report to Capitals training camp no later than this Thursday.
SCENES FROM KETTLER
By Jon Sorensen