Capitals Daily Report: Gameday Baby!

Winnik and Orpik

It all starts tonight! The Capitals will begin their quest for the cup when they take the ice in front of 18,506 red clad fans that have been starving for a championship for so long. Puck drop is at 7 PM

MORNING SKATE
The Capitals held an optional skate this morning to prepare for their contest with the Maple Leafs. The players who were on the ice: Paul Carey, Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Daniel Winnik, Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer. Chorney and Schmidt took the scratches’ skate at the end.

While John Carlson wasn’t on the ice for the optional skate, Trotz told reporters that barring setbacks, he’ll take warmups. His status for the game will be determined following that. Photos from Nova Caps’ Joe Noyes can be found here.

Highlights:

Winnik and Wilson skating around before the optional skate officially begins.

Chorney, Schmidt, and Eller getting some shots up.

The Caps then did some 2-on-1 work, Holtby makes a great save towards the end.

Schmidt and Chorney worked on slapshots on one end of the ice.

While Winnik was working on one timers and Burakovksy was getting some snapshot reps in.

SHAVINGS

  • Braden Holtby has posted four shutouts, a 1.87 goals-against average, and a .937 save percentage in 46 career playoff games.
  • Alex Ovechkin is making his ninth career playoff appearance. He has registered 82 points (41 goals, 41 assists) in 84 career playoff games and ranks first in franchise history in playoff points and goals, ranks tied for first in power play goals (13), and is tied for fifth in assists.
  • Ovechkin has recorded 60 points (33 goals, 27 assists) in 42 career games against the Maple Leafs, marking the fifth-most points he has earned against an NHL team in his career.
  • Nicklas Backstrom has earned 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in 83 career playoff games.
  • The Capitals have won four of their last five Game 1’s and are 25-16 all-time in the opening game of a playoff series.
  • Washington is 17-8 all-time in Game 1’s on home ice.
  • The Capitals have won seven of their last eight games against the Maple Leafs and have won seven consecutive games at Verizon Center against Toronto.
  • Two Capitals have played more than 100 career playoff games and each has won a Stanley Cup: Justin Williams in 2006 with Carolina and in 2012 and 2014 with Los Angeles, and Brook Orpik in 2009 with Pittsburgh.

DAILY LINKS
Game Notes vs. Toronto, 4/13/17 (Capitals PR)
Caps and Leafs Tangle in Game 1 (Mike Vogel)
Look, the Capitals actually deserve to win the Stanley Cup this time (Dan Steinberg/Washington Post)

INTERVIEWS
Rinkside Update: Brett Connolly

Barry Trotz

By Michael Marzzacco

@aleksandrovechkinofficial

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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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