Capitals Daily Report: Caps Hold Picture Day and Practice Before Hitting the Road

The Capitals had their annual team photo taken this morning and then held one last practice before departing for their season-long five game road trip. For many fans, it was their last chance seeing the Capitals until they return home next Wednesday night to host the Rangers. First stop on the trip is a journey north to Minnesota to take on the Wild tomorrow night. Oh and check out Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams’ killer hair styles! 

PRACTICE

Once the team photo was taken, the team headed to the dressing room to change into their usual practice uniforms. Then they headed over to the public rink to begin the session.

Braden Holtby looked good this morning.

On the other side of the rink, Phillipp Grubauer didn’t look too shabby either.

Then it was time for 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 work.

The Caps then worked on five-on-five drills.

After five-on-five, the team worked on the power play. Here is the top unit.

Practice concluded with the team stretch. The fourth line of Daniel Winnik, Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson remained on the ice for extra work. Wilson was the last man to leave the ice, as he worked on clearing the puck with assistant coach Lane Lambert.

SCENES FROM KETTLER
Picture day!

SHAVINGS

  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season on Saturday against the Coyotes, marking the 12th consecutive season he has reached the 30-goal plateau (2005-17).
  • Ovechkin is the third player in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in each of his first 12 seasons in the league, joining Caps legend Mike Gartner (first 15 seasons) and NHL great Wayne Gretzky (13).
  • Ovechkin is the second player in NHL history to score 30 goals in 12 consecutive seasons for one team at any juncture in his career. Bobby Hull did so in 13 straight seasons in Chicago from 1959-72. (Elias Sports Bureau)

DAILY LINKS
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 4, Coyotes 1 (Mike Vogel)
NHL Power Rankings: Are the Caps the Team to Beat Again? (J.J. Regan/CSN)

INTERVIEWS
T.J. Oshie, Braden Holtby and Marcus Johansson

Justin Williams, talking about his hair. You’re welcome.

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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