Washington Capitals Daily Report – Monday (10/17)

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The Washington Capitals returned to Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning, following a day off on Sunday, to commence preparations for the Colorado Avalanche. The Caps will host the Avalanche Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Puck-drop is 7:00PM. 

MORNING SKATE
As expected, the team worked on the power play this morning, after going scoreless in the first two games (0-8). The Capitals have gone seven straight regular season games without a power play goal (0-for-20), dating back to last season.

The morning practice lines, as per the Washington Post:

Coach Trotz met with the media following this mornings practice. He stated he is looking to get Brett Connolly and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer into a game in the near future, possibly tomorrow.

Trotz said that ideally, Holtby would play three games, then Grubauer would get one. Circumstances could prevent that. Trotz on the struggles of the first line:

The Capitals schedule for the week can be found right here:

CAPITALS STORY LINKS
Capitals to Honor Holtby With Pre-Game Ceremony Before Tuesday Nights Game (Caps)
Evgeny Kuznetsov on Baked Patatoes, Family Feud and Meeting Alex Ovechkin (WaPo)
Coach Barry Trotz Wants the Caps to Improve three-on-three Play This Season (WaPo)
Jason Chimera Thanks ‘First Class’ ‘ Knowledgeable’ Caps Fans (CSN)
Be sure to catch “Caps Talk” every weekday from 4-6PM on Caps Radio right here:

SCENES FROM KETTLER
Back to work:

Nicklas Backstrom led the team in final stretches before the end of practice.

 

THIS DATE IN CAPITALS HISTORY

 

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY
The Hershey Bears held a team building exercise yesterday.

 

Alex Ovechkin shared a brief video from his gathering he held at his house on Sunday:

 

John Carlson, Brooks Orpik, Nicklas Backstrom, Taylor Chorney and their families visited Cox Farms in Chantilly, Virginia yesterday.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLosn8_Du3O/?taken-by=gnacarlson&hl=en

 

And last but not least, some important news regarding Slapshot

 

By Jon Sorensen

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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