Capitals Daily Report: What’s the Schmidtuation?

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Following a a 6-3 win over Detroit last night, the Capitals returned to the Kettler ice this morning to practice and prepare for their final game before the bye week. The Capitals will host the Ducks Saturday night.

PRACTICE
Brett Connolly was on the ice this morning for practice. Andre Burakovsky wasn’t. Both players were injured in the first period of last night’s game. Connolly was part of a collision following his goal, while Burakovsky injured his hand after taking a shot off of it. Jay Beagle didn’t practice today for maintenance purposes. It looks like Brett Connolly will be good to go for Saturday night, but Andre Burakovsky will be out until the middle of March.

The forward lines at practice were as follows:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie
Johansson-Kuznetsov-Williams
Connolly-Eller-Sanford
Winnik-Schmidt-Wilson

Zach Sanford replaced Burakovsky on the third line. Nate Schmidt, a defenseman any other day, was placed on the fourth line to replace Beagle.

When it was time for special teams drills, Lars Eller replaced Burakovsky’s spot on the second power play unit, while Schmidt moved back to defense.

There were some Ducks watching practice too.

SCENES FROM KETTLER
It’s not every day that an affiliate club has a morning skate on the big boy’s rink, but that’s what the South Carolina Stingrays experienced today. They held a morning skate at Kettler before the Capitals took the ice. The Stingrays play in Norfolk tonight.

Then it was the Capitals turn to practice:

SHAVINGS 

  • During the Capitals 11 game home winning streak, Washington has outscored opponents 56-15 and posted five shutouts.
  • The Capitals have scored five or more goals in 10 consecutive home games and is the second team in NHL history to do so, joining the 1970-71 Boston Bruins who did it in 11 straight home games.
  • Nicklas Backstrom is tied for third in points (57) and trails Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid (both at 60) for first in the league. (Tommy Chalk/Washington Times)

DAILY LINKS
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 6, Wings 3 (Mike Vogel)
Game Notes vs. Anaheim, 2/11/17 (Capitals PR)

INTERVIEWS
Zach Sanford

 Lars Eller

Barry Trotz

 

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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