Notes From Capitals’ Morning Skate In Boston


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The Washington Capitals (6-6-1) held morning skate this morning at TD Garden in Boston. The Caps and Bruins (5-3-3) will faceoff tonight at 7:00 PM. The full game preview can be found here.

THE MORNING LINES
Barry Trotz made no changes to the lines he deployed for the Capitals last game against the Islanders on Thursday.

Forward lines:
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Smith-Pelly
Vrana-Backstrom-Oshie
Stephenson-Eller-Wilson
Walker-Beagle-Chiasson

Defense pairs:
Djoos-Carlson
Orpik-Bowey
Orlov-Chorney

However, Liam O’Brien was in the locker room as Walker was on the ice doing extra work following practice, something typically reserved for scratches. It would seem like O’Brien may be in the game tonight. Trotz said there would “possibly” be a change and it’s “game-time” decision, but certainly seems O’Brien is playing.

Braden Holtby is expected to get the start in goal for the Capitals tonight in Boston. Coach Trotz after practice this morning:

FROM THE OTHER SIDE
The Bruins morning skate was optional this morning. Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said that Brad Marchand, who missed practice on Friday, will be in the lineup tonight. The projected lines for the Bruins tonight:

Forward lines:
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Nash – Schaller
Heinen – Szwarz – Bjork
Beleskey – Kuraly – Vatrano

Defense pairs:
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Postma – Miller

Tuukka Raskk is expected to get the start in goal for the Bruins tonight.

SHAVINGS

  • Carlson is averaging 27:02 per night in ice time, Orlov is at 23:19 and Orpik is at 22:26. Then there is a big drop off before you get to Bowey at 14:55, Djoos at 14:34, Chorney at 12:59 and Ness at 12:30. (Vogs)
  • Washington posted a 3-0-0 record against Boston last season.
  • The Capitals are 57-68-21-8 all-time against the Bruins and 9-0-0 over the last three seasons.
  • Chandler Stephenson recorded his first and second career assist on Nov. 2 against the New York Islanders.
  • Stephenson, who was recalled from Hershey (AHL) on Oct. 24, has played in four games this season and has recorded three points (1g, 2a).
  • Lars Eller scored his second and third goal of the season and added an assist in the 4-3 Caps win against the New York Islanders on Thursday.
  • Eller has three goals in the last three games. In 12 games this season, Eller has eight points (3g, 5a) and 18 penalty minutes.

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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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