News and Notes from Capitals’ Saturday Morning Skate at Kettler: Vrana Back In

After dropping two tough contests on the road, the Capitals come home for a big four-game Thanksgiving week homestead. Washington looks to turn things around beginning tonight as they host the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the game the team held a morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

THE MORNING LINES

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NEWS
Christian Djoos wasn’t on the ice for the morning skate nor prior to the skate as he’s still recovering from an upper-body injury.

After Jakub Vrana was a healthy scratch Thursday, Trotz inserted him back into the lineup on the third line with Lars Eller and Tom Wilson. Vrana looks to step it up after his numbers dipped this month to just one point in his last seven games. Trotz wants to see his young left winger to play well, which is why he put him back in.

Trotz was also asked on the status of Djoos and he wouldn’t hint on when he will be skating again. Djoos is still listed as day-to-day.

Trotz also gave an update on Tyler Graovac, who was sent down to Hershey earlier this week on a long-term conditioning loan. After Graovac plays three games with the Bears, Trotz and his coaching staff will re-evaluate on if he needs a fourth game before his loan expires.

INTERVIEWS
T.J. Oshie

FROM THE OTHER SIDE
The Wild come into tonight’s game having won four in a row including three shutouts by Devan Dubnyk. For more on Minnesota and tonight’s game, click here for our game preview.

SHAVINGS

  • Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Capitals and Wild this season. Washington went 2-0-0 against Minnesota last season.
  • The Capitals are 11-8-0-1 all-time against the Wild.
  • Alex Ovechkin played in his 941st NHL/Capitals game, passing Kelly Miller (940) for third on the Capitals’ all-time games played list. He is 20 games away from tying Peter Bondra (961) for second place.
  • John Carlson recorded an assist against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 16 and has five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games.
  • Carlson is tied for third among NHL defensemen in assists (14) and seventh in points with 16 (two goals, 14 assists).
  • Washington has won five consecutive games against Minnesota.
  • The Capitals are hosting a canned food drive supported by Giant Food to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank against the Wild tonight. Fans are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item. Individuals who donate two or more items will receive a Matt Niskanen poster.

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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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2 Responses to News and Notes from Capitals’ Saturday Morning Skate at Kettler: Vrana Back In

  1. Pingback: Photos From Capitals’ Morning Skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex | NoVa Caps

  2. Anonymous says:

    Conno, Vrana, Willie and Grubbie all have to pick it up… no reason for DSP to be playing ahead of them. I dont see why AC is even dressing. Look at the standings right now. 8 points top to bottom. An injury to Cory S in NJ and they drop fast. The Metro will go to the wire and I hope our rookies get better. But we need a trade for a D.

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