Capitals Daily News: Big Attendance at Optional Skate

braden-holtby-caps-capitals-practice-kettler-15The Capitals held an optional skate today, but with many players wanting to shake off residue from the recent slide (losing three of the last four games), there was actually a decent turnout. 

Tonight, the Caps look to get back on track in front of their home crowd as they take on the New Jersey Devils. Tonight’s game is the first of a home-and-home set with the second game taking place in Newark, New Jersey this Saturday.

OPTIONAL SKATE
17 players participated in this morning’s optional skate:

LINES
Braden Holtby was the first goalie off the ice, signifying that he will get the start tonight. Taylor Chorney and Jakub Vrana were the last players off the ice and will be tonight’s healthy scratches. Brett Connolly is in for Vrana while Nate Schmidt is in for Chorney.

As noted, Jakub Vrana will be scratched for the first time since being called up from Hershey. Head coach Barry Trotz was asked about the decision to sit Vrana.

PRACTICE VIDEO

 

CAPS LINKS
Caps Host Devils in Final Home Game of 2016 (Mike Vogel)
Game Preview: Devils @ Capitals

SHAVINGS 

  • Nicklas Backstrom needs three more assists till 500 in his career.
  • Alex Ovechkin is eight points shy of 1,000 in his NHL career after earning two points the other night against the Islanders.
  • Tonight’s game marks the second straight contest in which the Caps face a last place team in the Metropolitan Division.

INTERVIEWS

Barry Trotz

Evgeny Kuznetsov spoke with Mike Vogel for today’s Rinkside Update

 Mike Vogel and John Walton bring you tonight’s Two-Man Advantage

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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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