Capitals Daily Report: It’s “Go” Time


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The Capitals held an optional skate today to get ready for Game 1 tonight against the Penguins. The optional skate was well attended as even Alex Ovechkin was present. Karl Alzner is still recovering from an undisclosed upper body injury and is ruled out for tonight. Puck drop is at 7:30 PM. 

MORNING SKATE
There were 16 players that participated in the optional skate including Alex Ovechkin and Karl Alzner. Other players that were marked present were both goalies, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Tom Wilson, Daniel Winnik, Brett Connolly, Paul Carey, Chandler Stephenson, Nate Schmidt, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner, and Taylor Chorney.

Alzner was paired with Chorney and took the scratches’ skate. Stephenson and Carey were also doing conditioning work. Barry Trotz told the media after practice that tonight’s lineup will be the same as it was in Game 6 in Toronto.

Highlights:

Burakovsky and his fellow linemates worked on slapshots.

A Shattenkirk goal.

Schmidt, Shattenkirk, and the other blue liners were having fun after practice before the real work begins tonight.

Alzner getting some extra work in. He is officially ruled out for tonight’s game. When Alzner was asked by reporters what it’s been like sitting out, he replied, “I hate watching games. Ask Taylor Chorney. We’re just losing it up there. It’s tough to be a spectator, but at the same time it doesn’t really matter if we’re winning games. I’d sit out the rest of the playoffs if we can win the Cup. That’s fine with me.”

SCENES FROM KETTLER

SHAVINGS

  • Through last night, home teams are 19-25 in home games of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. (Jill Sorenson)
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 13 career playoff games against Pittsburgh.
  • Braden Holtby stopped 37 of 38 shots in Game 6 at Toronto (4/23), tying his 10th-most saves in a game in his playoff career.
  • Ovechkin ranks tied for first among active players in career playoff goals per game (0.49) and tied for eighth in career playoff points per game (9.94).
  • Nicklas Backstrom has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in six games this postseason and ranks tied for eighth in the NHL in points.
  • T.J. Oshie leads the Capitals and ranks tied for fourth in the NHL with seven points (three goals, four assists) in six games this postseason.
  • This postseason marks the second consecutive season the Capitals and Penguins are meeting in the Eastern Conference semifinals and the 10th postseason meeting between the teams all-time.

DAILY LINKS
Game Notes vs. Pittsburgh, 4/27/17 (Capitals PR)
Bears Drop Heartbreaker in OT after Officiating Error Costs Hershey a Goal – Series Goes to Game 4 Saturday
The Day Has Come: Capitals-Penguins
Keys to Victory: What Will the Capitals Need to Do to Defeat the Penguins?
Rink Roundtable: On to the Second Round (Japers’ Rink)
Caps Embrace Rematch with Pens (Mike Vogel)
Secondary scoring could be the Capitals’ ticket to playoff redemption (Ben Raby/Washington Post Express)
ESPN just gutted its hockey coverage in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs (Dan Steinberg/DC Sports Bog)
With later start times in second round, Metro could be an issue for Caps fans (Scott Allen/DC Sports Bog)

INTERVIEWS
Braden Holtby

Marcus Johansson

Rinkside Update: Tom Wilson

Nate Schmidt

Barry Trotz

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY

By Michael Marzzacco

#GameOn #LetsDoThis #CapsPens

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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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