Capitals Daily Report: Protecting Home Ice

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The Capitals held an optional skate ahead of their Thursday night battle with the Devils. Tonight, Kevin Shattenkirk will make his Verizon Center debut. Puck drop is at 7 PM on CSN. 

MORNING SKATE
Shattenkirk was one of the players in attendance at today’s optional skate. Tonight is his first game in front of Capitals fans at Verizon Center.

Braden Holtby was the first goalie off the ice which means he will get the start tonight against the Devils. Nate Scmidt, Taylor Chorney and T.J. Oshie were the last remaining players on the ice, staying on for extra work. Trotz said after practice that Oshie (upper body) won’t play tonight and that Brooks Orpik (lower body) is a possibility. Schmidt and Chorney are your likely healthy scratches.

Trotz also gave an update on Andre Burakovsky:

The Capitals have signed Lucas Johansen and Colby Williams, as well as Mason Mitchell. Johansen was the Capitals first round pick of last year’s NHL Draft, while Williams was selected in the sixth round in 2015. Mitchell has registered 14 points (12 goals, two assists) in 31 games with the University of Alaska-Anchorage this season.

DAILY QUOTE

SCENES FROM KETTLER

GAME CLIPS

  • Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between the Capitals and Devils this season.
  • Washington is 2-0-1 this season against the Devils having won both contests on the road.
  • The Capitals have earned a point in 10 consecutive games against the Devils.
  • Tonight Washington will go for their 14th consecutive win at Verizon Center.

SHAVINGS

  • The Capitals are 25-5-1 at home this season.
  • During their 13 game home winning streak, the Caps have outscored opponents 64-20.
  • Braden Holtby stopped 29 of 30 shots on Tuesday night against the Rangers to earn his 32nd win of the season.
  • Barry Trotz earned his 700th win on Tuesday night. Read more here.
  • Marcus Johansson registered three points (two goals, one assist) on Tuesday against the Rangers, including his career-high 21st goal of the season.
  • Nicklas Backstrom has earned 34 points in his last 25 games (10 goals, 24 assists).
  • Washington leads the NHL in goals against (129), goals against per game (2.08) and five-on-five goals against (80).
  • Washington leads the NHL in 5-on-5 goals this season with 146.

DAILY LINKS
Game Notes vs. New Jersey, 3/2/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps Open Three-Game Homestand vs. Devils (Mike Vogel)
What’s the Fouss? The Dud Deadline: Winners and Losers
Capitals Fan From Germany Shares His “Capitals” Tour
Capitals Sign Lucas Johansen and Colby Williams
Capitals Sign Mason Mitchell

INTERVIEWS
Rinkside Update: Daniel Winnik

Tom Wilson

Barry Trotz

 

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY
Donors Will Receive Nate Schmidt Bobbleheads At Capitals Blood Drive.

 

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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