News From Capitals Morning Skate

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The Capitals defeated the Sabres 4-1 on Friday night in Buffalo to earn their third consecutive victory. The Caps returned to Northern Virginia late last night and held practice Saturday morning at 11:30 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. 

MORNING SKATE:
Matt Niskanen and Nicklas Backstrom both participated in the morning practice. However, Matt Niskanen did not participate in line rushes, and looks doubtful for tomorrow’s game against the Canucks.

Niskanen stated after practice that the Bruin’s Patrice Bergeron reached out to him following Wednesday night’s game.

The use of the word “protocol” is in reference to the NHL’s Protocol for Concussions. Niskanen does not necessarily have a concussion, but is going through the official protocol just the same. Niskanen met with the media following this morning’s practice:

 

PRACTICE VIDEO:
Justin Williams and his Jax, working on their “stick” handling skills this morning before practice:

 

PREPARATION FOR THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Tomorrow’s opponent, the Vancouver Canucks, have been on the road since Tuesday. They play their third game of the trip in Florida tonight, then travel to Washington following the game, to face the Capitals at 5:00PM on Sunday. Barry Trotz met with the media following Saturday morning’s practice:

 

SHAVINGS:

  • Nicklas Backstrom has joined Rod Langway as the only players in team history with better than a plus-100 rating. (Ben Raby/CSN)
  • With 2 more assists on Friday night versus the Sabres, Nicklas Backstrom is now 7 helpers shy of becoming first player in franchise history w/500 career assists. (Ben Raby/CSN)
  • Alex Ovechkin will be looking to snap a 7-game goalless drought. His longest since a 9-game drought Nov17-Dec2, 2010.
  • Jakub Vrana scored the game-winning goal for the Capitals, marking his first NHL goal (5 GP).
  • Jakub Vrana is just the 3rd Capital whose first goal was a GWG, joining Julien Brouillette (2/8/14 vs. NJ) and Dmitry Orlov (1/15/12 vs. CAR).

OTHER STORIES
Caps Overpower Sabres, 4-1 (Mike Vogel)

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY
A day after scoring his first NHL goal, Jakub Vrana spends part of his Saturday working with kids at Kettler.

 

SCENES FROM KETTLER

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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