News and Notes from Capitals’ Morning Skate in Nashville

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After two thrilling wins at home, the Washington Capitals have hit the road for a brief two-game trip. The first stop is in Nashville as they take on Filip Forsberg and the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators. Here’s the report and the scene from Nashville as the team held a morning skate prior to the contest. 

THE MORNING LINES

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Goalie in the starter’s net: Holtby

NEWS
Prior to the morning skate, Tyler Graovac was sent down to Hershey on a long-term conditioning loan. Trotz explained after practice that he wants Graovac to be 10 percent both health and game-wise before he’s put in a position of competing for a job.

Matt Niskanen will play tonight. He was skating on the third defensive pair alongside Dmitry Orlov and was back in his old spot on the second power play unit, replacing Christian Djoos. Trotz mentioned that the plan for Niskanen is to ease him back into game flow. If he’s up to speed, he can play up to 20 minutes.

Niskaenen also adressed the media following the skate.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Prior to the Caps morning skate, the Predators held a morning skate of their own. Neither Scott Hartnell or Yannick Weber were present at the skate as each suffered lower-body injuries. The Predators announced this morning that Hartnell will be out three to five weeks while Weber will be out two to four weeks. Nick Bonino will play tonight, marking his first game since Oct. 14 after suffering a lower-body injury.

SHAVINGS

  • The Capitals went 0-1-1 last season against the Predators.
  • Washington is 13-9-1-2 all-time against Nashville.
  • Braden Holtby has won his last six starts and has recorded a 1.79 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage during that stretch.
  • Holtby is 3-1-1 in six career starts against the Nashville Predators.

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By Michael Marzzacco

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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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One Response to News and Notes from Capitals’ Morning Skate in Nashville

  1. Anonymous says:

    Rumors going around about S Theodore going to Buff… The Caps should bid for him! Grubbie+Gerisch+a pick? or young D? Add in Tuch!

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