News and Notes from Thursday’s Capitals Practice: Is Andre Burakovsky Playing on Friday?

After another big win, their sixth in their last seven games, the Capitals returned to work on Thursday morning to prepare for the final home game of the season-long five-game homestand. Washington took care of the Chicago Blackhawks last night with the biggest contribution coming from the top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson. A couple of roster moves were made this morning and Andre Burakovsky put in some work as he inches closer to his return. 

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NEWS
Andre Burakovsky was out on the ice early before practice started, working with the goalies.

Burakovsky skated alongside Lars Eller and Brett Connolly on the third line. Alex Chiasson was still on the second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jakub Vrana.

Burakovsky told reporters that he will play on Friday.

Barry Trotz confirmed this news.

ROSTER MOVES
The Capitals re-assigned Travis Boyd to Hershey on Thursday morning. Tyler Graovac wasn’t at practice and the Caps placed him on waivers at noon. This cleared up space for Burakovsky to return to the lineup tomorrow night.

INJURY UPDATES
T.J. Oshie wasn’t at practice today as he’s still day-to-day with an upper-body injury from the hit he took from Joe Thornton along the boards on Monday night. Trotz mentioned that Oshie is feeling better but is unsure of when he will return to practice.

SHAVINGS

  • Alex Ovechkin registered a four point (1 goal, 3 assists) game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night to power the Capitals to their sixth win in their last seven contests.
  • Additionally, Ovechkin has recorded the game-winning goal in consecutive contests (Dec. 4 vs. San Jose). Wednesday’s tally marked the 98th such goal of his career, moving him into a tie with Bobby Hull and Guy Lafleur for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time game-winning goal list.
  • Ovechkin’s 21st goal of the season secures his NHL lead in goals. Ovechkin has scored 21 goals in the Caps’ first 29 games of the season, tying his second-highest total through the Caps first 29 games of a season (2008-09: 21, 2013-14: 22).

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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6 Responses to News and Notes from Thursday’s Capitals Practice: Is Andre Burakovsky Playing on Friday?

  1. Anonymous says:

    i like walker and boyd… they didnt stick around

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  3. hockeydruid says:

    Would be nice to see Graovac go to Hershey and play regularly. Boyd will be back either when there is an injury or for training camp next year. Then he will make a big push to be on the team. Seeing that Eller, Beagle, Chiasson, Carlson and Chorney are all UFA after this season there are going to once again be some open spots on the roster. Is Eller worth 4/4.5 a year, will they pay Beagle 2-3 Million a year to be the 4th line center, can the afford to pay Carlson 4-5 mila year? Will Orpik retire and thus his 5.5 mil comes off the books. Also there are several RFA they have to resign and they will also want more money Wilson, Smith-Pelly, Bowey and Grubauer not to mention several players in Hershey whose contracts are up. So Boyd will get his shot next year. Asfor Walker yes sad to see him go but cant just let a player sit all year and watch. Sad that they got nothing for him.

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