Capitals Daily Report: The Nisky Business


After a big 4-1 win over the Flyers Wednesday night in Philedelphia, the Capitals returned to practice at Kettler on Thursday. The Capitals now turn their focus to another back-to-back set of games this weekend, starting Friday night when the team welcomes Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers to Verizon Center. 

The Capitals announced this morning that they have re-assigned Travis Boyd to Hershey.

Matt Niskanen did not practice today. Niskanen was injured in last night’s game against the Flyers. and is now listed as day-to-day. Brooks Orpik didn’t practice as well, taking a maintenance day.

Before the team took the ice, General Manager Brian MacLellan met with reporters, where he discussed Niskanen’s injury, the trade deadline, the playoff format, and more. After practice, Barry Trotz also addressed the media:

The Capitals recalled Riley Barber and Aaron Ness from Hershey. For Barber, this is his first recall. Washington also placed Andre Burakovsky on injured reserve to free up roster space.

While the Capitals did recently acquire defenseman Tom Gilbert via a trade with the Kings, Trotz wants him to spend more time in Hershey before the Capitals take a look at him.



  • Braden Holtby stopped 33 of 34 shots on Wednesday at Philadelphia to earn his 30th win of the season. He is one of two goaltenders in the NHL to earn 30 wins in each of the last three seasons (Devan Dubnyk).
  • Holtby is the second goalie in franchise history to record three career 30-win seasons. Olie Kolzig did it five times.
  • The Capitals are the first team in the NHL to reach 40 wins this season thanks to their 4-1 win over the Flyers last night.

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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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