The Washington Capitals will square off with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night in Game 7 with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line. The winner will take on the Vegas Golden Knights, who have been awaiting their opponent since Sunday. As the Capitals held a morning skate at Amalie Arena in Tampa, we got a feel of what their lineup could look like based on line rushes.
Morning skate began with the traditional hot lap the team does on the road. It started with Jay Beagle but more recently it’s been Alex Ovechkin taking the hot lap. However with the Caps having lost the last time they were in Tampa, somebody else had to take the hot lap to kick off morning skate. It was coach Barry Trotz!
The biggest question entering the morning skate has been answered: #Caps Coach Barry Trotz took the hot lap, replacing Alex Ovechkin after a Game 5 loss here in Tampa. #ALLCAPSpic.twitter.com/UaEdwU5YI6
— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) May 23, 2018
— Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) May 23, 2018
— dckerNBC4 (@dckerNBC4) May 23, 2018
Today, it was Barry Trotz. 😂 #StanleyCup
(Video courtesy Isabelle Khurshudyan/Washington Post) pic.twitter.com/ZVMmdX9Knw
— NHL (@NHL) May 23, 2018
There were no changes to the lines.
Capitals at the morning skate:
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) May 23, 2018
Game 7 is set for 8:00 p.m. tonight. You can read our game preview right here.
Trotz spoke to the media about the hot lap.
Barry Trotz on why he took the lap to kick off the Capitals morning skate today (FYI: I timed him at an unofficial 18.78 seconds, McDavid did it in 13.454 to win the fastest skater competition here at All-Star): pic.twitter.com/HG6HzD2tzD
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 23, 2018
By Michael Marzzacco