Capitals Daily Report: Burakovsky on his Road to Recovery

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Coming off a big 1-0 win over the Devils on Thursday night, the Capitals held practice this morning at Kettler Capital Iceplex to prepare for another Metropolitan Division rival coming to town. Saturday night, the Capitals host the Flyers as they go for 15 straight wins at home. 

PRACTICE
T.J. Oshie was wearing a red jersey at practice this morning, signifying his return to the top six forwards.  Tom Wilson was back in white signifying his return to the bottom six forwards, which could point to Oshie potentially returning to game action tomorrow night. Hershey call-up Paul Carey was cycling in on the third line. Oshie also practiced on the top power play unit, another good sign about a potential return tomorrow.

“I was up with Nick (Backstrom) and O (Ovechkin) in practice. Felt pretty good so we’ll see where we go in the next 24 hours. I think it’s looking pretty good right now,” Oshie told the media after practice. “It was nice to get out there and have a full practice.”

Andre Burakovsky is still on IR, but he had his cast on his right hand removed last night. He was at the rink today and made his way to the bench later during practice in full pads.

When the team was stretching at the end of the practice, Burakovsky headed to the ice to join his teammates. After the stretch, he took a skate.

SCENES FROM KETTLER

A robot was on the ice:

SHAVINGS

  • The Capitals won their franchise-record 14th consecutive home game last night against the Devils. Washington also extended their home point streak to 16 consecutive games.
  • Braden Holtby stopped all 15 shots he faced on Thursday to earn his league-leading eighth shutout of the season and 31st of his career.
  • Holtby is one shutout shy of tying the franchise record for shutouts in a season. Holtby himself did it in 2014-15 as did Jim Carey during the 1995-96 season.
  • Holtby needs four more career shutouts to tie Olie Kolzig (35) for first place in franchise history in shutouts.

DAILY LINKS
Caps Outslog Devils, 1-0 (Mike Vogel)
Capitals Raise $56,425 in Military Night Auction
An Emotional Goodbye (for Hershey) – an Open Letter to Jakub Vrana

INTERVIEWS
T.J. Oshie

Barry Trotz

 

By Michael Marzzacco

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