After a tough loss in Nashville, the Capitals flew to Denver, Colorado and hit the ice at the Pepsi Center. Washington looks to put last night behind them and shift their focus to Thursday night’s road game against the Avalanche. Here’s the news and the notes from practice.
Christian Djoos was re-evaluated this afternoon and is listed day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He didn’t practice today and will not play tomorrow night.
Extra defensive pairs Taylor Chorney and Aaron Ness are each on the trip. Chorney was skating with Madison Bowey as a pair while Ness was rotating in. During the power play drills, Chandler Stephson replaced Jakub Vrana on the second power play unit. Vrana remained on the ice alone for about 30 minutes after practice ended, working on his game.
Trotz said Stephenson has out-played some other forwards, so he’s earned some power-play time. Earning more and more trust with every shift.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) November 15, 2017
Stephenson has come a long way. After being waived from the Capitals’ Opening Night roster at the end of training camp, he began the season in Hershey after the other 30 NHL teams passed up on him. After the injuries of Brett Connolly and Andre Burakovsky, Stephenson was back on the Capitals’ roster. At first, he shared a line with Lars Eller and Tom Wilson and was then moved up to the top-line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. Over 10 games, he has two goals and four assists for six points. He assisted on Oshie’s second goal of the game last night in Nashville.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 15, 2017
- Alex Ovechkin recorded eight shots on goal against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. The eighth shot marked Ovechkin’s 4,629th shot of his career, and on his first shot of the game, Ovechkin passed Joe Sakic (4,621) for 11th place on the all-time shots list.
- Since Ovechkin’s 2005-06 rookie season, his 4,629 shots are 1,461 more than Eric Staal – who ranks second with 3,168.
- Ovechkin’s 4.92 shots per game ranks first all time in the NHL among players with at least 50 games played, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
By Michael Marzzacco