Capitals Daily Report: Carlson’s Back

tj-oshie-washington-capitals-caps-practice-kettler-jpgThe Capitals returned to the Kettler ice this afternoon for the first time since the All Star break . There was already some news this morning as two players were recalled from Hershey. John Carlson also returned to action as the team gets ready for what promises to be an exciting second half of the season. Tomorrow they’ll face the Islanders in Brooklyn. 

Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby weren’t at practice today. They’re traveling back from LA from the All Star weekend festivities. John Carlson was back on the ice after he missed nearly two weeks of play with a lower body injury.

Christian Djoos and Chandler Stephenson were recalled from Hershey this morning. This was Djoos first time practicing with the big boys.

With Ovechkin absent, Stephenson took over for him on the top line while Brett Leonhardt, the team’s video coach, took over for Holtby.

The rest of the lines:

Trotz said after practice that there’s a chance Carlson is going to play tomorrow night against the Islanders and that if he doesn’t play tomorrow, he will on Wednesday against the Bruins. Trotz also said that Philipp Grubauer will start in goal tomorrow night.

Photos from today’s practice are here:




  • Chandler Stephenson has earned 24 points (6 goals, 18 assists) in 41 games with Hershey this season and ranks fifth on the team in assists and tied for sixth in points.
  • Christian Djoos has earned 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists) in 35 games with Hershey this season and ranks third on the team in assists and fifth in points.
  • Djoos leads all Bears defensemen in points and assists while being tied for first in goals.

Game Notes at NY Islanders, 1/31/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps Get Back to Work in Brooklyn (Mike Vogel)
Barry Trotz Press Conference  (Monumental Sports Network)
Everybody’s Starry Eyed: 2017 NHL All Star Game Recap


Justin Williams


By Michael Marzzacco

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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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