Capitals Daily Report: Catching Stars

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After a day off on Sunday, the Capitals held a morning skate Monday morning ahead of their matchup with the Stars. The Capitals look to defeat Dallas at Verizon Center for the first time since 2006. Puck drop is at 7:30 on CSN. 

MORNING SKATE
Coming off an overtime win over the Flyers, there were no line changes in the Capitals practice lines. Everything was status quo.

Braden Holtby was in the starter’s net in practice, and thus he will get the start tonight in goal. Holtby has beaten 29 other teams in his career, but not the Stars (0-3-0). The Capitals also haven’t beaten the Stars on home ice since November, 2006, back when the Caps’ jerseys were black instead of red. The Capitals got their first win in Dallas since Oct. 2008 back in January.

Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney, and Paul Carey took the scratches’ skate. Trotz mentioned after practice that Andre Burakovsky, who hurt his hand last month, will probably head with the team out west so he can practice and participate in morning skates.

SCENES FROM KETTLER

GAME CHIPS

  • Tonight marks the second and final meeting between the Capitals and the Stars this season.
  • The Capitals beat the Stars in January in Dallas for the first time since 2008.
  • Tonight the Capitals look to get their first win against the Stars on home ice since 2006.
  • Check out our game preview by clicking here.

SHAVINGS

  • Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.89) and shutouts (8) this season.
  • Holtby is tied for first in wins with 34 and tied for second in save percentage (.931)
  • The Capitals defeated the Flyers 2-1 in overtime. The win extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 15 games and their franchise-record home point streak to 17 games.
  • The Capitals have scored 22 power-play goals in their last 25 games, posting  32.4% power-play percentage during that stretch.
  • Daniel Winnik will play in his 700th NHL game tonight. Today is also his 32nd birthday.
  • Nicklas Backstrom’s game-winning goal on Saturday night marked the second consecutive season and fourth time in his career he has scored 20 goals in a season.
  • The Capitals lead the NHL in goals against (130), goals against per game (2.03) and five-on-five goals against (81) this season.
  • Washington is 30-2-2 this season in games when they have one day of rest.

DAILY LINKS
Caps Fan from Japan Attends Practice
Game Notes vs. Dallas, 3/6/17 (Capitals PR)
Barry Trotz Pregame (Monumental Network)
Caps Seeing Stars on Monday (Mike Vogel)
Braden Holtby Can Check Another Item Off His To-Do List Tonight Against the Dallas Stars (Tarik El-Bashir/CSN)

INTERVIEWS
Rinkside Update: Jay Beagle

Justin Williams 

 

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY

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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