News and Notes from Tuesday’s Capitals Practice: After Struggles Continue, Any Line Changes?

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After a brilliant performance on Saturday night, the Capitals hoped to continue their home ice November dominance last night. After Lars Eller scored the game’s first goal just 1:02 in, it looked like the Caps picked up where they left off. Since that opening goal however, the Calgary Flames scored four unanswered goals and Washington couldn’t come back as they fell 4-1. On Tuesday morning, the Capitals returned to practice trying to figure out how they can correct their mistakes in time for Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Eve showdown with the Senators. 

PRACTICE LINES

Stephenson-Backstrom-Oshie
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-DSP
Vrana-Eller-Wilson
Connolly-Beagle-Chiasson
Orpik-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Chorney-Bowey

No changes to the lines at today’s practice.

NEWS
Christian Djoos still hasn’t skated on the ice yet since his upper-body injury in Nashville. He hasn’t even skated before practices have began yet. Trotz said yesterday that he’s hopeful Djoos will be back out on the ice this week.

SHAVINGS

  • The line of Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-DSP hasn’t had an even-strength point in six games. On the first line: Nicklas Backstrom has four points in his past 15 games with no goals while Oshie has one goal and four assists at even-strength in his last 17 games. (Isabelle Khurshudyan/The Washington Post)
  • The Capitals play seven of their next eight games at Capital One Arena.
  • Last night’s loss to the Calgary Flames snapped Washington’s five-game home winning streak and marked the first Capitals loss at home in the month of November.
  • In the previous five home wins, the Capitals recorded 15 goals for and allowed eight against, including a stretch of three home games in a row where Washington only allowed one goal against.

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By Michael Marzzacco

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5 Responses to News and Notes from Tuesday’s Capitals Practice: After Struggles Continue, Any Line Changes?

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is time to take DSP off Ovie’s line. Try Connolly please.

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