Capitals Daily News: Caps Gear Up for Tuesday Night Battle in Brooklyn

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After a three-day break for the holidays, the Capitals flew into New York City this morning and headed straight to Barclays Center in Brooklyn to prepare for tonight’s matchup against the Islanders. Puck drop is at 7:00 and you can catch the game on CSN. 

SCOUTING THE ISLANDERS
After advancing to the second round of the playoffs last season, the Islanders are basement dwellers in the Metropolitan Division with a 13-14-6 record and 32 points. However, the Islanders enter tonight’s game riding a two game winning streak with wins over the Bruins and Sabres. Get ready for tonight’s game with our game preview here.

LINES
The lines are similar to the game against the Lightning. The only difference is Nate Schmidt is in place of Taylor Chorney in the final defensive pair. Braden Holtby gets the start in goal against Jaroslav Halak. Zach Sanford was a scratch though he was sent down to Hershey on Dec. 23. The roster freeze occurs at midnight. Sanford was still skating with the team during this morning’s skate.

CAPS LINKS
Caps Get Back to Work in Brooklyn (Mike Vogel)
With a 1-3 Record in Shootouts, Caps are Spending More Time Practicing It (CSN/Tarik El-Bashir)

SHAVINGS

  • Nicklas Backstrom is three assists shy of 500 assists in his career.
  • Braden Holtby carries a 12-2-3 record vs. the Islanders with a .928 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.
  • Holtby has earned a point in 14 of his last 15 games vs. Islanders.
  • The Caps have earned a point in 11 of their last 12 games vs. the Islanders and have earned a point in seven consecutive road games against NYI.

INTERVIEWS

Barry Trotz

Matt Niskanen and Braden Holtby

 

By Michael Marzzacco

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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