Capitals Daily Report: Silencing the Cannons


The Capitals held an optional skate on Thursday morning. The Caps host the vaunted Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Verizon Center. The Jackets will be looking for their 17th consecutive win, which would tie the NHL record. A complete game preview can be read here.

As noted, this morning’s skate was optional for the players. The practice was fairly well attended.

Braden Holtby was the first goalie off the ice this morning, indicating he is the likely starter tonight versus Columbus. In appears that Nate Schmidt will return to the lineup tonight against the Blue Jackets.

Andre Burakovsky may have made a “bulletin board” comment in his media session following this morning’s practice.

Evgeny Kuznetsov was fined $2,000 by the NHL on Thursday afternoon for “diving” in two previous game.

It looks like the Caps will make a call-up some time today or tomorrow morning, before the team treavels to Ottawa.

Braden Holtby and Dmitry Orlov

Rinkside Update with Mike Vogel


Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 1/5/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps Aim to Cool Columbus (Mike Vogel)


  • Alex Ovechkin needs just six points to reach the 1,000 point plateau for his NHL career.
  • Nicklas Backstrom needs just two assists to reach 500 career assists for his NHL career.
  • Alex Ovechkin is now tied with Jaromir Jagr for the all-time lead in overtime goals, with his overtime game-winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.



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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