Capitals Daily Report: Update on John Carlson, Prep for the ‘Hawks


The Capitals returned to work at Kettler Thursday afternoon, following their decisive 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at Verizon Center. The focus quickly shifts to preparations for Friday night’s tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks. Puck drop is 7:00PM.

Practice lines remained the same as line configurations for last night’s Penguins game. All players were in attendance, however, John Carlson left the ice early, hobbled by a minor injury he sustained in last nights game.

Coach Trotz continues to increase accountability associated with penalties in a game. TJ Oshie was the latest to skate laps today, for penalties (3) he incurred in last nights Penguins game.

The Capitals will hold a morning skate on Friday at 10:30AM at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The latest schedule is here.

With last nights victory over the Penguins, the Caps moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division, just one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Caps now have their 2nd-most points through 41 games in franchise history, behind only last season.


Barry Trotz after last nights game:

TJ Oshie



  • Nicklas Backstrom registered four points (1g, 3a) last night against Pittsburgh. Since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, Backstrom leads the League in three-assist games (33) and ranks tied for third in four-point games (17).
  • Backstrom has earned 11 points (3g, 8a) in three games against the Penguins this season, marking the most points an NHL player has recorded against one team this season, and the most points a player has registered against the Penguins in one season since 2011-12.

A Grand Night (Mike Vogel)
Capitals’ John Carlson leaves practice early with ‘lower-body’ injury (WaPo)
Alex Ovechkin’s latest achievement hasn’t distracted from his ultimate goal (SI)
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 5, Pens 2 (Mike Vogel)

Courage Caps, Washington Capitals team-issued branded hats and T-shirts, are now available. 100% of proceeds benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit dedicated to the families of the fallen. Hats and T-shirts both cost $20 and will be available at, team stores and at stands throughout Verizon Center during home games. For more information, click here.

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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