Capitals Daily Report: “There’s Got to be a Morning After”


The Caps hit the Kettler rink at 11:30 Friday morning for their final practice of 2016. The team is now en route to New Jersey in advance of their Saturday afternoon rematch with the Devils. Puck drop is 1:00PM. 

All players were present for the morning practice. As expected, Mitch Korn spent extra time with the goalies before practice, working on a few things. Also, as expected, the team conducted shootout drills for the forwards and goalies. Photos from this mornings practice are posted here:

Practice lines:
There were a few minor line adjustments this morning, indicative of Saturday’s starting line combinations. Nicklas Backstrom was elevated to first line center, and TJ Oshie and Justin Williams flipped line assignments.

Friday morning practice lines indicate that Jakub Vrana could be a healthy scratch for his second straight game on Saturday against the Devils.

Barry Trotz met the media following Friday morning’s practice. He discussed Evgeny Kuznetsov, starting goalies for this weekend’s back-to-back set, Caps penalty kill success and 3-on-3 overtime philosophies.

Evgeny Kuznetsov also met with the media following practice on Friday. He discussed his mistake in the game against the Devils, being reassigned to the second line and playing the Devils.


POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Devils 2, Caps 1 (SO) (Mike Vogel)
After Friday’s Practice, Jakub Vrana’s Immediate Future with the Caps Remains Unclear (J.J. Regan)
Caps Close Out 2016 Portion of ’16-17 Slate in Newark (Mike Vogel)

It’s no secret that Evgeny Kuznetsov has been struggling. Since March 1st of last year, Kuznetsov has just 4 goals and 27 assists (54 regular season games). So, NoVa Caps weekly poll asked Caps fans how the Caps should handle the situation.



  • Capitals prospect Damien Riat ranks tied for first among Swiss skaters in points (1g, 3a) at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and Jonas Siegenthaler leads Swiss defensemen in points (1g, 2a).

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

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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1 Response to Capitals Daily Report: “There’s Got to be a Morning After”

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    A bit surprised Halak was waived.

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