Capitals Daily Report: Oshie Back in Lineup as Caps Prepare for Flyers

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The Capitals held an optional skate ahead of their Saturday night matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. Puck drop is now at 7:30 PM, not the usual 7:00 start. 

MORNING SKATE
Andre Burakovsky continued to rehab from his hand injury. He was on the ice before practice, doing some conditioning work.

Andre Burakovsky doing conditioning work before #Caps morning skate.

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T.J. Oshie was on the ice for the optional skate and will play tonight. Oshie told reporters that he’s in tonight “as long as something bad doesn’t happen on the way home.”

Oshie missed four games with an upper body injury that he suffered on February 22nd against the Flyers team. He also had an upper body injury back in November but said both injuries were unrelated.

There were six forwards, two defensemen, and both goaltenders who chose to skate this morning.

SCENES FROM KETTLER

GAME CHIPS

  • Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between the Capitals and Flyers this season.
  • The Capitals lead the season series 2-0-1.
  • For more on tonight’s game click here for our game preview.

SHAVINGS

  • Marcus Johansson is one goal shy of 100 goals in his career.
  • The Capitals win over the Devils marked their franchise record 14th consecutive home win.
  • Braden Holtby has posted an 18-0-2 record with five shutouts, a 1.71 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in his last 22 games.
  • The Capitals have scored 21 power play goals in their last 24 games, posting a 32.8 power-play percentage during that span.
  • The Capitals are 29-2-2 this season in games where they have one day of rest.
  • Washington leads the NHL in goals against (129), goals against per game (2.05) and five-on-five goals against (80) this season.
  • Holtby is the only goaltender in the NHL this season to rank int he top three in wins (33), shutouts (8), goals-against average (1.91) and save percentage (.930).
  • Nicklas Backstrom has earned 34 points in his last 26 games (10 goals, 24 assists)

DAILY LINKS
Game Notes vs. Philadelphia, 3/4/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps Entertain Flyers (Mike Vogel)
Pick your poison: No easy match-up is likely for the Caps in any round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

INTERVIEWS
Rinkside Update: T.J. Oshie

Barry Trotz

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY

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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