Capitals Daily Report: Silencing the Cannons

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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.

OPTIONAL SKATE
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.

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

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

INTERVIEWS
Braden Holtby and Dmitry Orlov

Rinkside Update with Mike Vogel

 

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

MILESTONE WATCH

  • 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.

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CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY

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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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