Notes from Capitals’ Thursday Morning Practice: Nisky Business!


After a day off on Wednesday, the Capitals returned to work on Thursday to prepare for Friday night’s big home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This practice saw the return of three key guys, as each look to make a return from their respective injuries.

After missing the game in Buffalo on Tuesday night due to a lower-body injury, defenseman Madison Bowey practiced with the team on Thursday. Also practicing was right wing Brett Connolly (upper-body), center Tyler Graovac (upper-body), and defenseman Matt Niskanen (thumb). Niskanen was practicing in a non-contact jersey. Trotz mentioned prior to the game in Buffalo that Connolly, Graovac, and Niskanen went from week-to-week to day-to-day. Forward Andre Burakovsky won’t return to action until December, but was spotted on the bench watching practice.

Following the skate, Niskanen said that his lungs felt good but that his timing is still a little off. He isn’t sure when he’ll play. Connolly mentioned that he’s been cleared from his first concussion to play, but isn’t sure if he’ll play tomorrow. Barry Trotz told reporters that the guys “are getting close” but wouldn’t hint on when they’ll return to the lineup.


Ness-Niskanen (Non-contact)

Jakub Vrana droppped to the third-line while Chandler Stephenson moved up to the second-line. Devante Smith-Pelly has moved to the top-line.


Matt Niskanen

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  • Nicklas Backstrom has recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 15 games this season.
  • Backstrom is consistently assigned to match-up against the opposition’s top-lines. Over the last three games, Backstrom has been matched up with the likes of Patrice Bergeron (Bruins), Derek Stephan (Coyotes), and Ryan O’Reilly (Sabres). During that span, Backstrom is a plus-9 in five-on-five shot attempts (57.1 shot attempt percentage).
  • Backstrom ranks second among Capitals with at least 10 games played in shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (54.12 percent) and second among Capitals’ forwards in defensive zone starts at the face-off (56.1 percent).


By Michael Marzzacco

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3 Responses to Notes from Capitals’ Thursday Morning Practice: Nisky Business!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Would anyone else make this trade to EDM- Grubbie, Orpik, Eller, and a 2nd for RNH and a D? Would the KNights want to stay in playoff contention and trade Theodore? Doubt it… We need a young ELC D!

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