Capitals Daily Report: Where’s Orpik?


The Capitals are back in the playoffs after beating the Lightning 5-3 on Saturday night. Monday morning the team held practice at Kettler to get ready for the week ahead. Tuesday night the Caps host a red-hot Flames team that has won 12 of their last 13 games. On Thursday night, the Capitals host their Metro rivals, the Columbus Blue Jackets

Marcus Johansson, who left Saturday’s game early with the flu, has fully recovered and was on the ice for practice today.  However, Brooks Orpik was absent on Monday. The team said he was taking a maintenance day. Barry Trotz said after practice that Orpik is “probable” for tomorrow night, and that Orpik “got banged up a bit” during Saturday’s game against the Lightning. If Orpik doesn’t play tomorrow, it would be the fourth game he has missed this season. The other three games missed were due to a leg infection. Should Orpik sit tomorrow, expect to see Nate Schmidt in his place, paired with Kevin Shattenkirk.

Player Updates:
T.J. Oshie met with the media after practice on Monday. Oshie, who had a hat trick on Saturday, was asked about his current contract status. Oshie noted he is “living in the present”.

Oshie added, “It’s always in the back of your mind, where you’re going to be, because I have a family to think about (he has a wife and two daughters). But I’m just approaching every day the same, to have fun at the rink, get better and do something special.”

One of the Caps biggest pieces on the third line returned to the lineup on Saturday night. Andre Burakovsky looked good in his return, despite the five-week layoff. Andre told CSN’s Tarik El-Bashir that he’s in the best shape he’s ever been in.




  • With their win over the Lightning Saturday, the Capitals were the first team in the NHL this season to reach 100 points (46-17-8) and first team to clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.
  • This season will mark Washington’s 27th postseason appearance and ninth in the last 10 seasons.
  • The Capitals reached 100 points for the third consecutive season and the 10th time in franchise history.



POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 5, Bolts 3 (Mike Vogel)
Penguins, Blue Jackets Both Win Sunday, Keep Up Pressure On Caps (J.J. Regan/CSN)


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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4 Responses to Capitals Daily Report: Where’s Orpik?

  1. Jerry Levine says:

    There has been quite a bit of talk about Oshie’s contract. The Caps were looking for a right wing for the first line for some time. Now is not the time to walk away from Oshie. I favored the signing of Orpik because he was a rock on the back end. However, cap space is now at a premium. I think McPhee could be convinced to take Orpik as a mentor for his young defense especially if the Caps include Carlson. Carlson is a turnover machine and ranks below 50% in the league defensemen for their defensive game. If this could work out, the Caps would have an additional 9-10 million in cap space and could sign Oshie and Alsner. Winnick would not be brought back even though he is a very effective 4th line player because his 2.75 million would be needed to sign other restricted players. There is a good chance McPhee would take Grubauer and Copley would be less expensive freeing up additional dollars. All I am suggesting is the Caps GM M can be creative to keep both Oshie and Alsner. Another way might be to do a new contract for Ovi that would pay him the same money left on the current contract but extend it for an additonal 3-4 years. This would free up an additional 3-4 million for restricted players.

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