News and Notes from Sunday’s Capitals Practice: Last Practice of 2017 and Santa Makes an Appearance

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The Capitals took the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the team’s final practice of 2017. Washington will head into the New Year sitting in first place in the Metropolitan Division following their big 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Was Andre Burakovsky inserted back into the lineup? And where was Matt Niskanen? Find out on this New Years Eve edition of the news and the notes from practice. 



Matt Niskanen didn’t practice on Sunday. According to the team, he’s taking a maintenance day. Taylor Chorney took Niskanen’s spot on the top defensive pairing. There were no changes to the forward lines at practice. Andre Burakovsky, who was a healthy scratch yesterday, was one of three wingers on the fourth line.

Burakovsky is well aware of his slump that’s been going on and wants to get his confidence back. Since his two-goal night at Dallas, Burakovsky went the next four games without recording a point.

After a busy night just one week ago delivering gifts all around the world, Kris Kringle (a.k. Santa Claus) flew in his sleigh from the North Pole to Kettler to check out the Capitals practice. Who knew Santa likes to play goalie?


  • Christian Djoos recorded a goal and an assist in the Capitals 5-2 win over the Devils last night. Djoos’ goal was his third of the season, tied for third among NHL rookie defensemen.
  • Both Djoos and Madison Bowey have recorded eight points on the year. Each are tied for fifth among rookie defensemen.
  • Djoos and Bowey are on pace to become the first pair of rookie Capitals defensemen to appear in at least 50 regular season games since the 1980-81 season (Howard Walker: 64, Darren Veitch: 59, James McTaggart: 52).



After practice ended, Taylor Chorney took his son Turner around the ice.

By Michael Marzzacco

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