Capitals Forwards Were “Tired” at Practice Wednesday Morning


Toward the end of Wednesday’s practice each of the Capitals forwards practiced passing the puck through a tire. This wasn’t the first time this morning the Caps worked on their passing. At the beginning of practice over at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, they worked on individual passing and controlling the puck around the cones. This drill was a lot more different and unique. 

The object of the drill is to put some air under the pass to get the puck through the tire to your teammate for them to shoot. First the receiver of the pass skates around the tire, then the next man up in line has to fire the puck through the tire to their teammate. The participants were Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Jakub Vrana, and Devante Smith-Pelly.

We all know why Ovechkin was doing extra work on his passing. He needs just one more assist to join his buddy Nicklas Backstrom in the 500 assist club.

One forward was missing at first and that was Devante Smith-Pelly. Where was he, you may ask? DSP was over on the other end working on his deflections with the defense.

DSP finally saw what was going on and jumped right in, feeding the puck to Jakub Vrana.

Vrana then feeds Smith-Pelly for the good old DSP backhander.

If you have a creative mind, you’d think the players were skating around the tire for a ritual. A ritual that could help end a three-game losing streak. We’ll see if it works Thursday night. Oshie then picked it up…

And put the tire away. The Caps are off to Florida! Stay tuned to for more on today’s practice.

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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