Capitals Practice Report: Caps Begin Preparations for Wednesday Night Battle in Philly

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Two days after their six game winning streak came to an end, the Capitals hit the ice on Monday morning for practice looking to put the loss to the Canadiens behind them and focus on their big Wednesday night matchup with the Flyers. 

PRACTICE LINES
The top two lines and the fourth line were the same from their game against the Canadiens, which they lost 2-1. Andre Burakovsky took Sanford’s spot on the third line while Lars Eller and Jakub Vrana were the same.

Barry Trotz would not commit to Andre Burakovsky returning to the lineup Wednesday night in Philadelphia:

The Caps will have another practice tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. before they head to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers. That game can be seen Wednesday on the NBC Sports Network with puck drop at 8.

The Flyers had a winning streak of their own that was also snapped on Saturday. Their streak lasted 10 games. Before they host the Caps on Wednesday, the Flyers will take on the Predators tonight.

PRACTICE VIDEO

 

SCENE FROM KETTLER

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These fans made the trip all the way from Austin, Texas. There was even a fan there from Montreal.

INTERVIEWS

Zach Sanford spoke with John Walton for today’s Rinkside Update:

 

SHAVINGS

  • Hershey Bears goaltender Vitek Vanecek has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 18, 2016. More here:
  • Nicklas Backstrom scored a power-play goal on Saturday against Montreal, extending Washington’s power-play goal streak to five games.
  • Washington has scored a power-play goal in seven of its last eight games and has scored 14 power-play goals in their last 15 games.
  • The Bears Chris Bourque has been named a playing captain for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.
  • The Capitals affiliate South Carolina Stingrays revealed their new alternate jerseys, which pay tribute to the Washington Capitals.

 

STORY LINKS
Holiday Wish List: 5 Things the Caps Need to Prepare for a Playoff Run (JJ Regan/CSN)
Barry Trotz post-practice media session (Monumental Network)

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY

The Capitals visited Med-Star Georgetown University Hospital after practice on Monday. For more information and photos from the visit, click here:

By Michael Marzzacco

#Caps visit Med-Star Georgetown University Hospital.

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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