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

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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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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