Capitals Daily Report: Carlson Update, Precious China, Starting Goalies for Back-to-Back Set

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The Caps had a day off on Sunday as they concluded their annual mentors trip and made their way back from Dallas. The Caps host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:00PM.  The Caps will leave for Ottawa immediately following the game, take on the Senators Tuesday night, and finish in New Jersey on Thursday night before decamping for the All-Star break

The Capitals held morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning. This will be their only practice at Kettler for more than a week, as the team hits the road following tonight’s game, and then shuts down for the All-Star break. The lines at this morning’s skate:

John Carlson participated in the morning skate, and practiced with the second power play unit this morning, but will not play in tonight’s game against Carolina. This will be his fourth consecutive game missed due to a lower body injury. Carlson noted after practice, that it wasn’t his decision if he played in Ottawa tomorrow night. Trotz mentioned after practice that Carlson will likely be out until after the All-Star break.


John Carlson interview following practice:

Braden Holtby will get the start tonight against Carolina. It is likely that Philipp Grubauer will get the start in Ottawa on Tuesday night.

The Carolina Hurricanes are holding their own mentors’ trip, starting in Washington tonight.




  • With a win tonight, the Capitals will complete the month of January going undefeated at home (7-0-0).
  • This is the third meeting of the season between Carolina and Washington. They last faced each other on December 16 in Raleigh, and the Capitals claimed a 4-3 victory in the shootout. Their final meeting will take place on February 7 in Washington.
  • For a complete game game preview, click here:


  • TJ Oshie was named the NHL’s third star of the week.
  • The Capitals have scored the first goal of a game in the last 10 consecutive games.
  • Andre Burakovsky has scored the games first goal in the last four consecutive games.
  • Washington has scored four or more goals in seven consecutive games (38 goals) and in 10 of its last 12 games.
  • The Capitals’ 68 points and 31 wins this season are the second-most through the first 46 games in a season in franchise history (2015-16: 35-8-3, 73 points).
  • The Capitals have earned a point in 13 consecutive games and have posted an 18-2-3 record in their last 23 games (12/5-1/21).
  • Washington has outscored opponents 59-26 during its point streak and has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of the 13 games.
  • Nicklas Backstrom has earned a point in nine consecutive games, Alex Ovechkin has earned a point in seven straight games and Andre Burakovsky has tallied a point in five consecutive games.

Caps Make Quick Stop Home to Host Canes (Mike Vogel)
T.J. Oshie Named NHL’s “Third Star” of the Week (Caps PR)
Identifying the turning point in the Capitals season (NoVa Caps)

Rinkside Update with Mike Vogel and Taylor Chorney:

The Capitals hosted a youth team from Beijing, China this morning.

The Capitals have expanded radio covererage for the remainder of the year, and will now broadcast on 104.7. Their coverage area:


By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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