Capitals Daily Report: Not In Our House

The Washington Capitals returned to Kettler Capitals Iceplex Saturday for a morning skate and final preparations in advance of Game 5 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game 5 is tonight at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:15 pm.


Photo: Washington Capitals

MORNING SKATE
Practice lines at morning skate remained the same as yesterday, with Andre Burakovsky and Alex Ovechkin exchanging first and third line roles. To confuse the matter a bit, Ovechkin wore a red (top-six) practice jersey this morning, leading some to initially deduce he was returning to the first line.

According to the Washington Post, the Capitals will once again go with 7 defensemen in tonight’s lineup.

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz spoke with the media following the Capitals morning skate:

Photos from this morning’s skate at Kettler are here: Rosters and stats for tonight’s game can be accessed here:

ROSTER MANAGEMENT:
The Capitals reassigned Chandler Stephenson to Hershey on Saturday morning. The Bear’s begin their second round of the AHL playoffs tonight when they host the Providence Bruins. A complete series preview is here:

FROM THE OTHER SIDE:
Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary both passed the baseline concussion tests, and are formally listed as “game time decisions”.ย Sullivan added that Crosby has โ€œhad a number of positive days.โ€ The NHL’s concussion protocol can be read here:

GAME LINKS:
Caps Seek to Stay Alive in Game 5 (Mike Vogel)
Washington Capitals Playoff Elimination Preparedness Guide (Jason Rogers)
Expect To See A Lot of Diffeent Line Combinations From The Caps in Game 5 (J.J. Regan)
Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 5/6/17 (Capitals Public Relations)
Will Alex Ovechkin ever find Stanley Cup success? (USA Today)

RINKSIDE UPDATE:
Mike Vogel sits with Lars Eller for today’s “Rinkside Update”:

SHAVINGS:

  • All-time, Washington is 14-22 in Game 5’s, 10-13 at home and 5-4 when trailing 3-1 in a series. (Ted Starkey)
  • In the Ovechkin era, trailing 3-1 in a series, Washington is 3-0 when Game 5 is at Verizon Center (2008, 2009, 2016). (Ted Starkey)
  • Washington has overcome a 3-1 series deficit twice in franchise history, most recently in the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Capitals defeated the Rangers in seven games after trailing the series 3-1 and outscored New York 11-4 in the final three games of the series.

COACHES QUOTE OF THE DAY:

FAN PIC OF THE DAY:

 

By Jon Sorensen

#Capitals #RockTheRed

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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