Capitals Daily Report: Shatty in the District

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Coming off a big 4-1 road win over the Rangers on Tuesday night, the Capitals returned home to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Devils. The newest player to don the red, white and blue, practiced in his new home for the first time Wednesday morning. Today was also the NHL trade deadline. 

PRACTICE
All players were in attendance at practice this morning, with the exception of Andre Burakovsky, who is still on the long-term injured reserve list. Brooks Orpik and Kevin Shattenkirk took rushes on the third defensive line. Shattenkirk also spent time after practice feeding Ovechkin.

The extra defensemen were Nate Schmidt and Taylor Chorney. T.J. Oshie was rotated back into the first line, rotating with Tom Wilson at the right wing spot. Oshie however didn’t partake in power play drills.

Head Coach Barry Trotz said after practice that Oshie and Orpik are close to returning to action.

Riley Barber and Jakub Vrana have been “returned” to Hershey.

TRADE DEADLINE
The Capitals traded Hershey Bears goaltender Joe Cannata to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Cody Corbett.

SCENES FROM KETTLER

SHAVINGS

  • Braden Holtby has been named the NHL’s Third Star of the Month for February. The Holtbeast went 8-0-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and one shutout.
  • Barry Trotz became the sixth coach in NHL history to earn 700 wins after the Capitals beat the Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday.
  • Brett Connolly scored his 13th goal of the season, passing his career-high of 12 that he set during the 2014-15 season.
  • Marcus Johansson’s two goals last night were his 20th and 21st of the season. It is the second consecutive season and second time in his career that he’s scored 20 goals.
  • Johansson is the third Capitals player to reach the 20-goal plateau this season, joining Alex Ovechkin (27) and T.J. Oshie (24)

DAILY LINKS
Caps Top Rangers, 4-1 (Mike Vogel)

INTERVIEWS
Kevin Shattenkirk 

Barry Trotz

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $14,130 for the You Can Play Project through an auction on Hoceky is For Everyone Night on Feb. 24 during the Capitals game against the Edmonton Oilers. With the donation made earlier this season through the sale of Capitals #RockTheRainbow T-shirts, MSE Foundation has raised more than $30,000 for You Can Play. Read more here.

THIS DAY IN CAPITALS HISTORY

By Michael Marzzacco

Congratulations Coach Trotz!

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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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