Lars Eller Kicks Off Wednesday’s Capitals Practice at T-Mobile Arena with the Hot Lap


The Washington Capitals are in Las Vegas looking to finish the job up 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals. On Wednesday afternoon, the eve of Game 5, the Capitals held a practice at T-Mobile Arena and Lars Eller once again handled the hot lap duties. 

By now you guys know the tradition. The Capitals do this prior to road morning skates as a rally. The Capitals haven’t done morning skates in Vegas due to the 5 p.m. local time puck drop on game day so the tradition was moved to practices the day before the games.

Jay Beagle started it in Columbus, Alex Ovechkin continued in Pittsburgh, while coach Barry Trotz handled the hot lap responsibilities in Tampa for Game 7 and before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Eller did the hot lap the day before Game 2.

Vegas tried to steal the tradition before Game 3’s morning skate at Capital One Arena with Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault doing the honors but didn’t do one prior to Game 4 after they lost.

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 Lars Eller Kicks Off Wednesday’s Capitals Practice at T-Mobile Arena with the Hot Lap

  1. Pingback: Capitals Will Go with Same Lineup for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals | NoVa Caps

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