News and Notes from Monday’s Capitals Practice: *Checks Fridge* Guess What’s Here this Time


The Capitals have won three in row and for the first time this season have swept a back-to-back set. After two big wins over the Lightning and the Maple Leafs, the Caps got a well-deserved day off on Sunday. On Monday, it was back to work, looking to build on a successful five-game/seven-day span that saw Washington win four of five. The Capitals have three days to prepare for their next game which comes Thursday when they host the Kings to kick off a season-long five-game homestand

Christian Djoos was practicing today. Not only was he out on the ice but he was also sporting the full navy blue contact jersey. Djoos was skating with Aaron Ness as an extra defensive pair.

Djoos missed the last six games with an upper-body injury. The Capitals don’t have a game until Thursday but in order to activate Djoos off of injured reserve, the Capitals will need to make some type of roster move. Their roster is currently at the maximum of 23-men.

Lars Eller and Devante Smith-Pelly weren’t on the ice this morning. Smith-Pelly was sick and was sent home. Meanwhile, Eller is still in Toronto to handle some issues regarding his visa/passport.

Andre Burakovsky wasn’t practicing with the team but he continued to skate and shoot on his own as he inches closer to his return. Burakovsky has been sidelined since late-October with a fractured left thumb. He is eligible to return mid-to-late December.


  • All three Alex Ovechkin hat tricks this season came against three different Canadian Atlantic Division teams.
  • Ovechkin leads the Caps with 20 career hat tricks.
  • Jakub Vrana has three goals in his last three games and four points in his last four games (3 goals, 1 assist).


A look back at a special night for 13-year old cancer survivor Alex Luie. Read more about that here.

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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