Capitals Daily Report: Carlson Returns, Another Caps Player Eyes New Milestone

karl-alzner-caps-capitaPhoto: Washington Capitals

The Capitals held an optional skate this morning at Kettler, to finalize preparations for their tilt against the Blackhawks tonight at Verizon Center. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM. 

The Caps go for their eighth win in a row tonight. If the Lightning beat the Blue Jackets tonight, the contest between the Capitals and Blackhawks could ultimately decide the top spot in the NHL. You can check out our game preview here.


After John Carlson left yesterday’s practice early due to a lower body injury, he returned to practice this morning. Barry Trotz confirmed that he will play tonight.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Daniel Winnik, Brett Connolly, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, and Taylor Chorney were also on the ice for the optional skate. Braden Holtby will get the start for tonight’s game.

Karl Alzner will play in his 500th consecutive game tonight, becoming the first Capitals player to ever play in as many consecutive consecutive games. He will also become just the third defenseman in the NHL since 1943-44 to play in 500 straight games.

Karl Alzner

Barry Trotz 

Mike Vogel and John Walton


  • Washington has permitted the fewest first period goals in the league this season, allowing just 17 goals in the first frame of its first 41 games. (Mike Vogel)
  • Washington has won five of it’s last six games against Chicago and has posted an 8-3-0 record in it’s last 11 games against the Blackhawks

Game Notes vs. Chicago, 1/13/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps Seek to Keep Streak Alive Against Hawks (Mike Vogel)
Amid toughest stretch of the schedule, the Capitals are hitting their stride (Washington Post)
Alex Ovechkin’s latest achievement hasn’t distracted from his ultimate goal (SI)
SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes From Caps’ Morning Skate (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, Kettler, and at stands throughout Verizon Center during home games. For more information, click here.


By Michael Marzzacco

Former Caps Joel Ward and Michael Latta, skyping with Tom Wilson last night.

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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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