Barry Trotz: “I’m Confident Our Guys Will Be Ready”: Capitals Coach Meets with Media Prior to Tilt With Buffalo


Barry Trotz addressed the media prior to tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Among the topics were injury updates, who starts in goal, and how the team looks to reverse their current back-to-back trend. This is the fourth time the Capitals are playing in a back-to-back set this season (They have 16 sets in all this season). So far the Capitals have won the first game and dropped the second. Tonight they’ll look to change that. 

Trotz opened the session stating that Philipp Grubauer will get the start in goal. No surprises there, as Grubauer has started every game of a back-to-back after Holtby got the start the night before.

As Isabelle mentioned, Madison Bowey is okay and should be playing tonight. The Capitals didn’t hold a morning skate but Trotz did say that the lines will be decided at the conclusion of warmups.

With the rest of the team traveling to Buffalo, Matt Niskanen, Brett Connolly and Tyler Graovac remained in Arlington and skated at Kettler this morning, as each player is still rehabbing from their respective injuries. Trotz said they’re going from week-to-week to day-to-day, so we should see these guys in action very soon.

Last night the Capitals beat the Coyotes in overtime in DC and now take another whack at trying to sweep back-to-back games. Trotz expressed confidence in the fourth time being the charm.

“I think we’re up for a challenge,” Trotz said. “I think we’ve learned from every back-to-back so far… I’m confident that our guys will be ready.”

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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1 Response to Barry Trotz: “I’m Confident Our Guys Will Be Ready”: Capitals Coach Meets with Media Prior to Tilt With Buffalo

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