Notes from Capitals’ Practice in Vancouver, BC

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The Capitals (4-4-1) held their Wednesday practice at 12:15 PM (PST) at UBC Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver, British, Columbia. The team arrived in Vancouver on Tuesday in advance of their tilt with the Canucks Thursday night. Puck drop is 10:00 PM. The Capitals will close-out their Western Canada road trip with games in Edmonton on Saturday and Calgary on Sunday.

The Capitals will hold a game-day morning skate tomorrow (Thursday) at 11:30 AM (PST) at Rogers Arena prior to their game against the Canucks.

As reported yesterday, Andre Burakovsky underwent successful surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday and will be out 6-8 weeks. As a result the Capitals called up Chandler Stephenson from Hershey.

The forward lines remained the same as Tuesday at Kettler.


The Capitals defensive pairings remained the same as well: Djoos-Carlson, Orpik-Bowey, Orlov-Chorney. The second power play unit was tweaked to address Burakovsky’s spot.

The red-hot Vancouver Canucks (5-3-1) are heading home from their recent road trip with eight of a possible 10 points, including a win in their final roadie of the trip at Minnesota on Tuesday night.The Canucks had the day off on Wednesday.


  • The Capitals won both games against the Canucks last season.
  • Braden Holtby posted a 20-save shutout in his lone start against the Canucks last season while Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced against Vancouver.
  • Tom Wilson led Washington with two goals in two games against the Canucks in 2016-17.
  • Wilson has scored four goals in seven career games against Vancouver, the most goals Wilson has against a single franchise.
  • T.J. Oshie has tallied 21 points (7g, 14a) in 25 career games against the Canucks while John Carlson has earned eight points (2g, 6a) in nine career games against Vancouver.

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Road Ahead: Capitals face a big, early season test in Western Canada. 

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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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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