Capitals Daily Report: Caps Gear Up for Rivalry Night Showdown with Pens

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The Capitals hit the ice this morning to prepare for their Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have won five in a row while the Capitals have won six straight. Something’s gotta give. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m. on NBCSN. 

Caps Red Line

 

MORNING SKATE:

It’s now official. T.J. Oshie will be in the lineup for tonight’s game. You will see him on the first line tonight with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

 

The practice lines at this morning’s skate:

Nate Schmidt makes his return as well, as both Paul Carey and Liam O’Brien have been reassigned to Hershey. Schmidt is paired with Brooks Orpik on the third blue line.

Tonight, Alex Ovechkin goes for history. Sitting at 999 points, he would want nothing more than to get his 1,000th career point tonight at home in front of Sidney Crosby and the rival Penguins.

Braden Holtby was the first goalie off the ice, which signifies that he will get the start against Marc Andre Fleury.

MILESTONE WATCH:

  • Alex Ovechkin is one point shy of 1,000 NHL career points.
  • Barry Trotz is one win shy of passing Pat Quinn (684) for 7th all-time in career wins.
  • Barry Trotz is one game shy of passing Pat Quinn (1,400) for eighth place on the all-time NHL games coached list.

SHAVINGS:

  • Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, and athletic trainer Greg Smith are heading to the All Star Game. More info here.
  • Ovechkin has earned 47 points (28 goals, 19 assists) in 46 career games against the Penguins.
  • Nicklas Backstrom, with two points on Monday, has earned 25 points in his last 26 games
  • The Capitals have won six straight games, tying it’s season-long win streak and marking its third winning streak of five or more games this season.
  • Hotly stopped 22 of 23 shots on Monday at Montreal to earn his third straight victory.

DAILY LINKS:

Barry Trotz Pregame 1/11/17 (Monumental Sports Network)
Game Notes vs. Pittsburgh, 1/11/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps Come Home, Host Pens (Mike Vogel)
Pregame notes: T.J. Oshie (‘upper-body’ injury) back in the lineup (Washington Post)

INTERVIEWS:

Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, and Nicklas Backstrom talk to the media

Tom Wilson joins Mike Vogel for today’s Rinkside Update

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY

THIS DATE IN CAPITALS HISTORY

 

By Michael Marzzacco

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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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