Capitals Daily News: Ready for the Bolts

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The Caps held an optional skate at 10:30 this morning, in advance of their game against the lightning tonight at Verizon center. Puck drop 7:00PM. This is the final game before the NHL holiday break. The Capitals will return to action Tuesday night in Brooklyn when they visit the Islanders.

OPTIONAL SKATE
Ten players, mostly the young whippersnappers and Brooks Orpik, managed to make it to the optional skate this morning:

LINES
The starting lines for tonight will undergo a few minor adjustments from the previous game, mostly to get guys some playing time. Brett Connolly will replace Daniel Winnik and Taylor Chorney will play for Nate Schmidt:

Braden Holtby was the first goalie off the ice this morning, signifying he will get the start tonight against Tampa Bay.

CAPS LINKS
Caps Come Back Home to Host Bolts (Mike Vogel)
Game Preview: Caps Host Lightning Before the Christmas Break
SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes From Caps’ Morning Skate (Mike Vogel)

SHAVINGS

  • Washington has won 11 of its last 13 home games against Tampa Bay.
  • the Capitals have earned a point in six consecutive games against the Lightning (5-0-1) and in 12 of their last 13 games against Tampa Bay (10-1-2).
  • Shootout poll results:
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INTERVIEWS
Barry Trotz

Brett Connolly

Two-Man Advantage

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY

 

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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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