Capitals Morning Skate Report 12/3

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Photo by Washington Capitals

Following practice on Friday, the Capitals boarded the plane to head to sunny Tampa, Florida for their big Saturday night contest against the Lightning. One of these teams is going to end a losing streak at the end of tonight. Either Washington ends their two-game skid or Tampa Bay ends their four-game losing streak. 

The Capitals held a morning skate at Amalie Arena ahead of their contest tonight.

Scouting the Bolts 
The home team held theirs first. Defenseman Jason Garrison wasn’t on the ice after he took a shot outside of the knee late in the second period of their game against the Blues. He did return that night but only played in one shift. Garrison won’t be in the lineup tonight.

Caps Practice Lines
Caps lines this morning were similar to their game against the Islanders the other night. The only line that is different is the third line with Paul Carey taking over the left wing spot.This will be Carey’s second game with the Caps.

Braden Holtby will get the nod tonight as he goes up against Ben Bishop.

Mike Vogel and John Walton take it away with the Two-Man Advantage:

 

Jay Beagle spoke with the media following Saturday mornings practice. Beagle spoke about shutting down the high-powered Tampa offense:

 

Alex Ovechkin also met with the media following practice. Alex was asked about the NHLPA’s decision to decline the NHL’s offer in order to attend the upcoming Olympics.

 

Barry Trotz wrapped up the team’s media session following practice this morning:

 

GAME DAY LINKS
Caps Face Bolts in Tampa Bay (Mike Vogel)
First Quarter Notebook (Mike Vogel)
Now past his sickness, Paul Carey expected to play against Tampa Bay Lightning (Washington Post)
Jakub Vrana on NHL Debut: ‘I had a great feeling out there’ (Washington Post)

By Michael Marzzacco

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