Capitals Daily Report: Carlson Out, Only Seven Players on Ice for Optional Skate


After a big 5-0 home win over the Flyers, the Capitals go for their 10th win in a row tonight as they take on the Penguins for the final time this regular season. The Caps held an optional skate this morning at PPG Paints Arena. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM on NBCSN. 

There weren’t many players on the ice this morning, perhaps because those players that were absent are resting up for the big game tonight. For more information on the matchup between the Capitals and Penguins, check out our game preview here.

On the ice this morning were both goalies, Taylor Chorney, Chandler Stephenson, Daniel Winnik, Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovksy.

After Philipp Grubauer got the start in the Sunday matinee, Braden Holtby gets the start tonight in Pittsburgh. John Carlson, who left the game Sunday in the first period with a lower body injury, wasn’t on the ice for the optional skate.  Trotz confirmed that he will not play tonight.

There are injuries on the enemy side as well. Kris Letang has been placed on injured reserve and their defenseman Brian Dumoulin is out with a broken jaw.

Barry Trotz after practice:

Caps Red Line

Mike Vogel and John Walton


The NHL announced that Nicklas Backstrom was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week after leading the league with three goals and seven assists in four games. He also had a +7 rating.


  • For the first time in franchise history, the Capitals have posted four shutouts in their last six games. (Elias Sports Bureau)
  • The Caps haven’t allowed an even-strength goal since Jan. 3 against Toronto.
  • Washington has allowed two goals or fewer in 17 of their last 21 games.
  • The Capitals have earned a point in four straight games against the Penguins and in four of their last five games at Pittsburgh.

Caps Blank Philly to Run Winning Streak to Nine (Mike Vogel)
Caps Finish Season’s Set with Pens (Mike Vogel)

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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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