Capitals Daily Report: Niskanen Eyes Milestone as Caps Conclude Mentor’s Trip

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The Capitals held their morning skate at American Airlines Center ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Dallas Stars. With several milestones already achieved this month, Matt Niskanen will join the elite group tonight. This is also the final game of the annual Caps’ dads trip. Puck drop is at 8:00 Eastern on CSN+. 

MORNING SKATE:
John Carlson wasn’t on the ice at the very beginning of practice, but he did come on halfway through the skate. Carlson will be out for the third straight game with a lower-body injury.

Philipp Grubauer was the first off the ice, which signifies that he will get the start tonight in goal. Grubauer has won five consecutive starts and has posted an 8-1-2 record this season with two shutouts, a 1.96 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. Here are the lines for tonight’s game:

With 14 goals in their last two games, including a 7-3 win in the first part of the Caps’ dads trip, the Caps’ lines tonight were identical from their previous game against the Blues.

Karl Alzner pregame:

Rinkside Update: Matt Niskanen’s father, Chuck:

Rinkside Update: Part 2 with Matt Niskanen:

NEWS AND NOTES:
The Capitals aim for their first win against the Dallas Stars since Oct. 25, 2008. Matt Niskanen, who was with the Stars during that game, will be playing in his 700th career game tonight.

SHAVINGS:

  • Washington has scored five or more goals in five straight games this season. First time they’ve done this since the 2009-10 season.
  • Nicklas Backstrom extended his point streak to eight games after earning an assist Thursday night. Backstrom’s streak is the longest point streak on the team this season, marking his longest point streak since tallying a point in nine consecutive games since the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.
  • Justin Williams has tallied 30 points in 36 career games against Dallas, with 16 goals and 14 assists.
  • The Capitals have earned a point in 12 consecutive games and have posted a 17-2-3 record in their last 22 games.
  • Tonight is the Capitals’ final game of the annual dads/mentor’s trip. Since the tradition started in 2008, the Capitals have posted an 11-5-0 record with their dads in attendance.

DAILY CAPS LINKS:
Caps Spend Saturday Night in Dallas (Mike Vogel)

SCENES FROM DALLAS

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 organization dedicated to the families of fallen military men and women. Hats and T-shirts both cost $20 and will be available at WashCaps.com/Courage, team stores, and at stands throughout the 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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