Capitals Daily Report: Travis Boyd Joins Team at Kettler

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Coming off two straight losses and looking to rebound tomorrow night, the Capitals held a practice Tuesday morning at Kettler. A recent recall from Hershey was made and he was seen on the ice. The Capitals take off for Philly for their game tomorrow night against the Flyers. 

PRACTICE
Before practice began, Zach Sanford was out on the ice, working on his backhand shot.

The Capitals recalled forward Travis Boyd from the Hershey Bears. This is his first NHL call-up. The Capitals lines remained status quo and Boyd was skating as an extra on the fourth line. It looks likely that he will be the healthy scratch in Philly.

“Pretty exciting, it’s a day I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It was our day off in Hershey so I was sleeping in and actually missed (Troy) Mann’s first call, so I had to call him back when I got up a half hour later,” Boyd told reporters. “He told me the news and within a couple of hours I was on the way down here. It happens fast.”

Trotz had the team do shootout drills towards the end of practice. Shootouts are one thing the Capitals hope to improve on through the end of the regular season.

The Capitals will turn their attention to tomorrow night’s big “Wednesday Night Rivalry” game with the Flyers at 8 p.m. on NBCSN.

Karl Alzner’s word to describe Flyers fans, who Washington will have to deal with in a hostile environment was “passionate”. “It pains me to say that because they’ve been on us hard over the years, but I think the reason for that is because they’re so passionate, they want their team to be the best team. And they just don’t want to beat you, they want to pound you,” Alzner said. “That’s what I assume makes the building (Wells Fargo Center) intimidating. It’s one of the places where you don’t necessarily want your friends and family going there, wearing Caps gear just because they’re that intense.”

SCENES FROM KETTLER

Taylor Chorney took time after practice to have a short skate with his son, Turner.

SHAVINGS

  • Washington leads the NHL in goals against (121), goals against per game (2.09) and five-on-five goals against (75) this season and ranks tied for fifth in penalty kill percentage (84.3) and shots against per game (27.9). Their 121 goals against is its fewest through 58 games in franchise history.
  • Capitals have allowed two goals or fewer in a league-leading 37 games this season and have posted a 29-2-6 record in those games.
  • Travis Boyd has registered 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) in 53 games with Hershey this season and leads the team in assists while ranked second in points.

INTERVIEWS
Rinkside Update: Zach Sanford

Travis Boyd

Karl Alzner

DAILY LINKS
Barry Trotz 2/21/17 (Monumental Sports Network)
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Rangers 2, Caps 1 (Mike Vogel)
With Andre Burakovsky out, Capitals can test needs before NHL trade deadline (Washington Post)

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY

By Michael Marzzacco

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