Notes from Capitals’ Optional Skate Before Road Trip to Boston


After a thrilling win over the Islanders, the Capitals held an optional skate Friday morning, before hitting the road to Boston for a battle with the Bruins on Saturday. 

Matt Niskanen has been skating before practice over the last week, as he recovers from his thumb injury. While he hasn’t participated in an official practice just yet, this morning he was finally skating with a stick.

It is unclear whether or not he will return on Tuesday Nov. 7 in Buffalo, the earliest day he is eligible to be activated from long-term injured reserve.

Trotz told the media after the skate that it looks unlikely that he’ll practice with the team next week.

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Note: The Capitals moved up their morning skate to 11 am on Saturday at TD Garden (originally scheduled for 11:30 am)


  • Lars Eller has been on a tear of late with three goals in his last three games.
  • Alex Chiasson scored his first goal as a Capital and registered three blocked shots in 13:13 of ice time against the Islanders Thursday night. As a member of the Calgary Flames last season, Chiasson ranked fifth among Flames forwards in even strength goals (11).
  • Washington is 3-0-1 this season when they score the game’s first goal.


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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