News and Notes from Capitals’ Morning Skate: Duck-Hunting

The Capitals return home on Saturday night to host the Anaheim Ducks after a 5-3 win over the Bruins in Boston on Thursday. The Capitals begin a stretch where they play four straight games against Western Conference foes and play their last home game before playing four straight on the road. 

T.J. Oshie Status
Oshie participated in the morning skate, still wearing a green no-contact jersey. He will not play against the Ducks tonight. The next opportunity for him to practice is when the Capitals practice Monday before heading out to Dallas to start their road trip. Oshie has been out since taking a hit to the head from Sharks’ center Joe Thornton on December 4.

Injury Status
Brooks Orpik will suit up against Anaheim after missing practice yesterday with an upper-body injury, sustained against Boston on Thursday. He’ll be a game-time decision but skated alongside John Carlson today. Coach Barry Trotz said he was looking good today.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Ducks


Braden Holtby will start against Anaheim. He is 18-7-0 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.66 goals against average this season. Lifetime against the Ducks, he is 2-1-0 with an .878 save percentage and a 3.25 goals against average.

Jakub Vrana is the first Capitals rookie to hit the 10 goal plateau since 2014-15 (Evgeny Kuznetsov – 11). He has goals in consecutive games.

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov share the Capitals’ scoring lead with 35 points each. Kuznetsov tallied 4 assists in his past two games and Ovechkin scored his league-leading 22nd goal of the season Thursday against Boston.

-The Capitals have scored four or more goals in five straight home games, going 5-0-0 in that stretch

-The Capitals’ 13 home wins are tied for first in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning

-In the Capitals’ past four games, 16 of the 18 Capitals who have played have recorded a point. In total, 13 of the 16 players have recorded at least two points in the last four games.

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By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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