Capitals Daily Report: Still No Carlson, Caps Prep for St. Louis and Annual Dads Trip


The Capitals hit the ice on Wednesday morning at Kettler for a brief session before departing for St. Louis. The Caps take on the Blues Thursday night with puck drop at 8:00 PM. 

All of the Caps dads were on hand to watch their sons practice. They’re here for the annual dads’ trip which will take them to St. Louis and Dallas.

John Carlson didn’t practice today after missing Monday’s game with a lower body injury.

Nate Schmidt was on the second power play. There weren’t any recalls from Hershey this morning which could indicate that the Caps could go on this two-game road trip with 12 forwards and seven defensemen.  Trotz told reporters after practice that Carlson is doubtful for tomorrow night and the team will make a decision on whether to call up a defenseman tonight.

Nate Schmidt joins John Walton for today’s Rinkside Update.

Alex Ovechkin on Pittsburgh officiating and upcoming road trip.

Karl Alzner On the Fathers Trip.


The Capitals will depart for St. Louis this afternoon. Prior to their game tomorrow night, they will hold a morning skate at Scottrade Center at 11:30 a.m. central time. The team departed early this afternoon on the annual “Dad’s” trip:


  • Despite losing to Pittsburgh on Monday, the Capitals showed great heart battling back from two goals down twice in the game.
  • Capitals defensemen have earned a point in 38 of the team’s 44 games this season and have combined to register 99 points.
  • Since 2008, the Capitals have posted a 10-5-0 record with their dads in attendance.
  • Washington has allowed two goals or fewer 30 times this season, including 17 of their last 22 games.

POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Pens 8, Caps 7 (Mike Vogel)


Courage Caps, Washington Capitals team-issued branded hats and T-shirts, are now available. 100% of the 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.

Capitals alumni Rod Langway and Sylvain Cote participated in MSE Foundations’ MLK Day “Play Works” event at Bunker Hill Elementary School on Monday. They were joined by members of the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics.


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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