Capitals Hold First Practice for Second Round

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The Washington Capitals will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the third year in a row. This series for the Capitals will be their biggest one to date. Will the third time be the charm for the boys in red? Will the fourth time be the charm for Alex Ovechkin? To prepare for this big series, the Capitals hit the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday morning. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Once again, T.J Oshie wasn’t at practice. Since the morning skate prior to Game 3, Oshie hasn’t taken part in either a practice or a morning skate. Maybe he just needs rest from the grind of game action. Maybe some minor injury is nagging him. Or maybe he’s just at home playing with his adorable daughters. Whatever the case may be, unless Barry Trotz says otherwise, he should be okay to play for Game 1.

Travis Boyd was the placeholder for Oshie on the second line alongside Nicklas Backstrom and Chandler Stephenson. Other than that there were no changes to the lines.


After those lines began rushing, Jakub Vrana and Boyd traded places. Vrana became the placeholder for the second line and Boyd moved over to rotate on the fourth line.

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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1 Response to Capitals Hold First Practice for Second Round

  1. Pingback: Updates on T.J. Oshie, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeni Malkin, and Carl Hagelin | NoVa Caps

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