Training Camp Roundup: A Recap of Day 3 of Capitals Training Camp 2018

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With the third day of training camp already finished for the Capitals, the team and players are one step closer to the beginning of the 2018-19 season. With a number of players dressing in Boston for the team’s first preseason game against the Boston Bruins, the remaining members of the team partook in scrimmages at Medstar Capitals Iceplex earlier this morning. In this latest Training Camp Roundup, NoVa Caps takes a look at the third day of training camp 2018.

No Go for Ovi, Orly

While part of the team’s preseason roster will be in Boston, and more at Medstar Capitals Iceplex, captain Alex Ovechkin and defenseman Dmitry Orlov will not be in attendance for either, as they will be attending the Washington Redskins’ home opener at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

Shu-makov Fit For the Caps

After dealing with visa issues over the last few days, recent free agent signing Sergei Shumakov made his debut at Medstar Capitals Iceplex this morning. The former childhood teammate of Evgeny Kuznetsov arrived in D.C. and took part in the scrimmage earlier this morning. While many are unsure of what to expect from the 26-year old forward, who signed a one-year deal several weeks ago, Shumakov reportedly understands he may need some seasoning in the American Hockey League (AHL) if he struggles initially in his first season in the NHL. Expected to provide depth scoring, there is more room for Shumakov’s game to grow.

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While the Capitals will be playing in their first preseason tilt this afternoon, starter Braden Holtby, who is celebrating his 29th birthday today, will not be in net, as expected backup Pheonix Copley and prospect Vitek Vanecek will be getting the nods in both halves of the game. Holtby, however, took part in the scrimmages at Medstar Capitals Iceplex earlier this morning and should see time in the team’s second preseason game on Tuesday, again against the Boston Bruins.


Center Lars Eller and defenseman John Carlson continue to sit out training camp due to minor day-to-day injuries, though Eller did skate a little this morning. At the conclusion of Day One of camp, Head Coach Todd Reirden told the media the two cogs in the Caps’ lineup were being held out for precautionary reasons and did not give a timetable on when the two would return to practice. Both Eller and Carlson played key roles in the Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup last season and both signed long-term deals to remain in Washington at different points last season.

By Michael Fleetwood


About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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