Capitals Daily Report: All In

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The Capitals held their morning skate today at Madison Square Garden, and finalized preparations for their game against the Rangers tonight. Their newest acquisition, Kevin Shattenkirk, arrived in New York and will suit up tonight. Puck drop is at 7 PM on CSN+. 

MORNING SKATE
T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen, and Brooks Orpik practiced today. Even though Oshie practiced, he won’t play in tonight’s game.

Jakub Vrana and Riley Barber were recalled from Hershey. It looks like Vrana will replace Zach Sanford at right wing on the third line, and Barber play right wing on the 4th line.

Shattenkirk, who will play tonight, could be paired with Nate Schmidt on the third line. During power play drills, John Carlson was on the top unit at the point while Niskanen was with the second unit. Jakub Vrana was also on the second power play unit.

After practice, Barry Trotz confirmed that Niskanen will play tonight while Oshie and Orpik are still out.

SCENES FROM NEW YORK

GAME CLIPS

  • Tonight is the third of four meetings between the Capitals and Rangers this season.
  • The Capitals have dropped both of the previous two meetings to the Rangers.
  • These teams will meet one final time on April 5 in DC.

SHAVINGS

  • Braden Holtby has posted a 16-0-2 record in his last 20 games, including four shutouts, a 1.84 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.
  • Barry Trotz is one win shy of becoming the sixth coach in NHL history to earn 700 wins.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded 44 points (29 goals, 15 assists) in 46 career games against the Rangers and has scored a goal in 11 of his last 12 games against New York (13 goals).
  • The Capitals lead the NHL in 5-on-5 goals (143), goals against (79) and goal differential (+64) this season.
  • The Capitals are 18-3-1 when Justin Williams or Evgeny Kuznetsov record a point.
  • Capitals defensemen have earned a point in 52 of the team’s 61 games this season and have combined to register 132 points (19 goals, 113 assists)
  • Nicklas Backstrom has earned 33 points in his last 24 games (nine goals, 24 assists).
  • The Capitals have posted a 28-6-4 record since Dec. 5 and have tallied a point in 24 of their last 28 games (21-4-3).

DAILY LINKS
Game Notes at NY Rangers, 2/28/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps Take Another Crack at Rangers in NYC (Mike Vogel)
Highlights from Brian MacLellan’s Conference Call
All Aboard the Shattenkirk Train: How Did the Capitals Do in This Blockbuster Trade?

INTERVIEWS
Two-Man Advantage

Barry Trotz

Alex Ovechkin 

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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