Capitals Daily Report: New Defensive Lines

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Kevin Shattenkirk‘s two game suspension is over. As a result, there’s been a heated debate among Caps Nation on which blueliner should be scratched. Today, Barry Trotz made his decision. Oh yeah, and there’s also a game tonight. The Capitals will host the Predators with a 7 PM puck drop

Andre Burakovksy, just like the other day, was skating with the team. He won’t return to game action yet, but we should expect to see him soon. The forward lines were the same. Now that Shattenkirk is back, he’s paired on the third defensive line next to (drumroll)… Brooks Orpik. Nate Schmidt and Taylor Chorney look to be the healthy scratches for tonight’s game. Braden Holtby will start tonight in goal.

Trotz’s explanation?

Jay Beagle broke his nose on Tuesday night after he was in a collision with Schmidt, but he told Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post that he’s alright. Not the first time either.

Trotz said after the skate that Burakovsky is expected to fully practice with the team tomorrow. Following the practice, the team will make a decision on whether or not he’ll join them in Tampa Bay Saturday.


  • Tonight is the second and final meeting between the Capitals and Predators this season.
  • Washington looks to rebound tonight after falling to the Predators in the first meeting on Feb. 25 in Nashville 5-2.
  • For Mike Vogel’s game preview click here.


  • Karl Alzner is two assists away from 100 in his career.
  • Nicklas Backstrom assisted on three of the four Capitals goals on Tuesday night, including his 50th of the season.
  • This season is Backstrom’s fourth consecutive in reaching the 50 assist plate and the seventh time he’s done so in his career.
  • The Capitals have led the NHL in wins (146), points (318), goals against per game (2.31), and power play percentage (22.9) ever since Barry Trotz took over as head coach (2014-15).
  • The Capitals have earned a point in 21 of their last 23 home games.
  • Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (2.03) and shutouts (8) this season.
  • The Capitals have won nine of their last 14 games against the Predators including five of the last six against them on home ice.

Game Notes vs. Nashville, 3/16/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps Face Predators on Thursday (Mike Vogel)

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2 Responses to Capitals Daily Report: New Defensive Lines

  1. Grahambo says:

    Come on Trotz! Sit Orpik or Alzner (streak be damned)…what does Smitty have to do to get a sweater? Alzner is clearly playing hurt and Orpik needs to rest for the playoffs…

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