Jay Beagle Will Return for Game 2 Tonight

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After missing the last four games, the final three regular season games plus Game 1 of the Washington Capitals first round series with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jay Beagle will finally make his return for Game 2 tonight. 

Beagle didn’t practice during the final week of the regular season but did some on ice-training on his own during the practices last Monday through Wednesday. Despite being doubtful for Game 1, Beagle still participated in the morning skate while wearing a light blue non-contact jersey. Saturday was his first time fully practicing on the ice and Barry Trotz spoke after that skate about Beagle’s impact.

“Jay is probably one of those guys that you don’t value as much until you don’t have him,” Barry Trotz told the media after Saturday’s practice. “As a coach, I have a lot of value for him… Beagle doesn’t put up high numbers but he gives you everything he’s got but the one place he can make a difference is on the face-off circle. It’s all about starting with the puck. He give us an advantage in that more than any guys in the league.”

Beagle’s presence was missed on the face-off dot. The Blue Jackets had the edge in face-offs in Game 1 55% to 45%. Beagle led the Caps this season with a face-off percentage of 58.5%. Beagle will skate on the fourth line tonight alongside Alex Chiasson and Chandler Stephenson. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.

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 Jay Beagle Will Return for Game 2 Tonight

  1. Anonymous says:

    Simply stupid D zone play in game 1… no clears on easy plays… I said all year that they needed to trade a G for a D… Mike K is good but…

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