News and Notes from Wednesday’s Capitals Practice at Kettler: Game 1 Prep and Jay Beagle’s Status

The Washington Capitals continued preparations for Thursday night’s Game 1 with a practice on Wednesday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, their third practice this week and second one with the full squad on the ice. The suspense is over, Philipp Grubauer is the starting goalie for Game 1 but there was still some questions regarding the health of Travis Boyd and Jay Beagle. Here are the news and notes direct from the rink. 

CAPS LINES
No changes from yesterday.

Forwards
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson
Burakovsky-Backstrom-Oshie
Vrana-Eller-Smith-Pelly
Extra forward: Gersich
Defense
Orlov-Niskanen
Kempny-Carlson
Orpik-Jerabek
Extra pair: Djoos-Bowey

INJURY UPDATES
Jay Beagle and Travis Boyd were not at practice for the sixth day in a row. Boyd is still sick. Beagle is recovering from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for the final three regular season games. Beagle was skating on his own on the other rink for the second day in a row. Barry Trotz told the media after practice that Beagle won’t play tomorrow night.

Stepping in for Beagle on the fourth line center position will be Chandler Stephenson.

“Jay drives a lot of different things and obviously the right hand face-offs are his trademark, one of the best in the league but come playoff time everybody’s got an ‘all in’ attitude. Chandler, other guys, are stepping in those roles. They’ll make up for the loss of Jay,” said Trotz.

BRIAN PINHO LEAVES
Pinko went back to Providence College to graduate. He’s still under contract with the Capitals but won’t be getting into the lineup anytime soon, so the Caps told him to go back to school and enjoy the college life before he’s back in the real world.

BEHIND THE SCENES
Braden Holtby stopping everything in his path.

Your starting goalie for Game 1: Philipp Grubauer

Half rink drills.

Full rink 5-on-5.

Yesterday we showed you the top power play and PK units. Today we’ll show you the second power play and PK units.

SHAVINGS

  • John Carlson has 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) and two game-winning goals in 76 career playoff games, ranking fourth among defensemen.
  • Carlson led all NHL defensemen this season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists).
  • Carlson became the eighth defensemen in franchise history to record 60 points in a season and the first since Mike Green in 2009-10 (76 points, 19 goals, 57 assists).

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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 Wednesday’s Capitals Practice at Kettler: Game 1 Prep and Jay Beagle’s Status

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