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. 

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.



  • 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.

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Tom Wilson

Matt Niskanen

Barry Trotz

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By Michael Marzzacco

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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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