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.

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

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.

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  • 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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Brett Connolly

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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