Capitals Daily Report: Dads Everywhere as Caps Prepare for Blues Tonight

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Photo: Joe Beninati

The Capitals landed in St. Louis yesterday, and held a morning skate at Scottrade Center this morning (Thursday). The Caps are set for their tilt with the Blues tonight. Puck drop is at 8:00 PM on CSN. 

Top 1 Dad’s Trip Moment from Monumental Sports Network

 

MORNING SKATE:
John Carlson wasn’t on the ice this morning as he’s still rehabbing from his lower body injury. In the team photo with the dads, he was in shorts and shoes. Braden Holtby will get the start tonight while Trotz will likely give Philipp Grubauer a go on Saturday night. Here are the lines:

And the defensive pairs without Carlson:

T.J. Oshie is back in St. Louis:

Brooks Orpik:

Mike Vogel and John Walton:

 

NEWS AND NOTES:
Braden Holtby is 4-0-0 all time against St. Louis with a .949 save percentage and a 1.50 GAA. Tonight’s game is the second and final game between the Capitals and Blues. You can check out our game preview here.

SHAVINGS:

  • The Capitals lead the NHL in assists by defensemen with 83, and are third in points from the blue line with 99. (Tarik El-Bashir/CSN)
  • John Carlson leads all defensemen with 20 assists and 25 points. (Tarik El-Bashir/CSN)
  • The Capitals 64 points and 29 wins are the second most through the first 44 games in franchise history. Last season, the Capitals had 69 points and 33 wins through the first 44.
  • Washington has scored four or more goals in each of their last five games and eight of their last 10 games.
  • Alex Ovechkin has earned 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) in 14 career games against the Blues including hat tricks against St. Louis in their last two meetings.

DAILY CAPS LINKS:
Caps Collect their Dads Before Stopping in St. Louis (Mike Vogel)

SCENES FROM ST. LOUIS

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Photo: Washington Capitals

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY
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 WashCaps.com/Courage, team stores and at stands throughout Verizon Center during home games. For more information, click here.

By Michael Marzzacco

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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