Capitals Daily Report: The Boys are Back in Town

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Hockey is back in the DMV. After a couple of days off for the bye week, the boys are back in town. The Capitals held practice Friday morning in front of a packed Kettler, before departing for Detroit to begin a three-game road trip. Two familiar faces rejoined the team from Hershey. 

PRACTICE
Zach Sanford and Jakub Vrana have been recalled from Hershey. Andre Burakovksy, who injured his right hand last Thursday, was on the ice before practice began, doing a conditioning skate. The Capitals now have 13 healthy forwards with the recall. Trotz confirmed after practice that Sanford will play in Detroit.

NHL teams are 3-8-1 in the first game following a bye week so far. The Capitals already have a back-to-back game challenge facing them. After tomorrow’s 2:00 game at the Red Wings, they’ll go to New York to take on the Rangers in a 12:30 affair.

SHAVINGS

  • Braden Holtby sits one win shy of becoming the second goaltender in the NHL to earn 30 wins in each of the last three seasons and the second goalie in franchise history to record three career 30-win seasons. Olie Kolzig had five.
  • Zach Sanford registered 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 25 games with Hershey this season.
  • Jakub Vrana has registered 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 33 games with Hershey this season and is ranked fourth on the team in goals.

SCENES FROM KETTLER

INTERVIEWS
Rinkside Update: Brooks Orpik

Justin Williams:

T.J. Oshie

Barry Trotz

 

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY
Select Capitals players and their significant others will host “Wish Upon A Par” on Monday, Feb. 20 at Top Golf in Ashburn, Virginia. Tickets are on sale now with 100% of the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.

Capitals fans will be able to enjoy golf and gaming with players including Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie, Nate Schmidt, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson and Daniel Winnik. Alumnus Rod Langway also will participate.

General and VIP ticket packages are available, featuring two and a half hours of play, food, access to a silent auction and the opportunity to win prizes on-site. The VIP package also includes access to a pre-event meet and greet with players.

In addition, fans can bid on the opportunity to play a round of Top Golf with select Capitals players, featuring one Top Golf game with the winner, three guests and two Capitals players. The package also includes unlimited food with beer and wine, access to the silent auction and the opportunity to win prizes on-site.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.WishUponAPar.org.

By Michael Marzzacco

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