News and Notes from Friday’s Capitals Practice in Chicago: Father/Son Bonding Continues

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After a big win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, the Washington Capitals boarded the plane to head to the windy city of Chicago. On Friday afternoon the team held a practice at United Center to begin preparations for their big Saturday night game against the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Here is Lars Eller, Jay Beagle and Brooks Orpik with their dads entering the arena.

LINES

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson
Chiasson-Kuznetsov-Oshie
Burakovsky-Eller-Connolly
Stephenson-Beagle-Smith-Pelly
Defense
Djoos-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Bowey

Scratches: Jakub Vrana (F) and Taylor Chorney (D)

NEWS
The only significant changes to the lines came on the second forward line and the third defensive pair. Alex Chiasson was on the second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie. On the defensive side, Madison Bowey was back in his usual spot alongside Brooks Orpik. As mentioned yesterday, Barry Trotz wants to play every player during the Father’s Trip.

Trotz will coach in his 1,500th NHL game Saturday night against the Blackhawks. He will be the fifth coach in NHL history to achieve that feat joining Hockey Hall of Famers Scotty Bowman (2,141 games) and Al Arbour (1,607) and current coaches Joel Quennville (1,597) of the Blackhawks and Ken Hitchcock (1,511) of the Stars.

On the other side, the Blackhawks will go with Anton Forsberg in goal. Forsberg carries a 5-11-3 record with a 3.06 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. The Capitals will most likely go with Braden Holtby.

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SHAVINGS

  • Alex Ovechkin led the Capitals with four points (1 goal, 3 assists) against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, marking his 1,100th career point (592 goals, 508 assists).
  • Ovechkin became the 61st player in NHL history to reach the 1,100-point milestone, reaching the feat in his 978th career game.
  • Only 23 players required fewer games to accumulate 1,100 career points, with Jaromir Jagr (825 games, played on Nov. 30, 2001) the last to hit the mark in less than 1,000 games.

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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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2 Responses to News and Notes from Friday’s Capitals Practice in Chicago: Father/Son Bonding Continues

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