Capitals Daily Report: Line Shakeups

caps-practice-in-new-jerseyPhoto: Washington Capitals

Today was a topsy-turvy day for the Capitals. With the Capitals playing the Rangers in New York tomorrow, the team held practice across the Hudson River in New Jersey at the Prudential Center. Barry Trotz also shuffled the lines quite a bit. 

PRACTICE
Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, and T.J. Oshie were all on hand with the rest of their teammates for practice today.

The Capitals sent down Riley Barber and Aaron Ness to Hershey yesterday. Zach Sanford still remains with the team.

Barry Trotz shook up the lines a bit. Tom Wilson was placed on the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. T.J. Oshie was on the third line while Sanford was placed on the fourth line.

T.J. Oshie was on the ice for 30 minutes, then headed to the dressing room. Turns out he was practicing as a test run.

The only drill that Oshie missed was special teams work. Niskanen was on the second power play unit along with Lars Eller and Brett Connolly.

Orpik would leave practice early as well. Out of the three Capitals players who are banged up, only Niskanen completed the entire practice session. All three players remain day-to-day, though Niskanen could be the first one to return to action. Trotz said the Capitals will recall a forward tonight, but haven’t made a decision as to who it will be.

SCENES FROM NEW JERSEY

SHAVINGS

  • Alex Ovechkin played in his 900th NHL game Saturday at Nashville and has recorded 1,020 career points, marking the second-most points among active NHL players through their first 900 games.
  • Ovechkin is the first player from the 2004 NHL Draft class to reach 900 games played and is the fourth player in Capitals history to play in 900 games with the Caps.
  • Ovechkin has scored a goal in 11 of his last 12 games against the Rangers.

DAILY LINKS
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Preds 5, Caps 2 (Mike Vogel)
Caps Take Another Crack at Rangers in NYC (Mike Vogel)

INTERVIEWS
Tom Wilson

Matt Niskanen

Barry Trotz

Rinkside Update: Nicklas Backstrom

 

By Michael Marzzacco

 

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