Capitals’ Practice News Roundup: Orpik Missing Again


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The Washington Capitals skated at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday in preparations for their game on Thursday night at Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens. Here are all of the news and notes from Tuesday’s practice: 

After taking a maintenance day on Sunday, Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik was missing again on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, according to the team. He was on the ice with skills coach Dwayne Blais prior to practice. With Orpik missing from practice, defenseman Madison Bowey skated with Christian Djoos on the third pair. However, he took drills with the team’s other defensemen before the team’s main practice. Reirden said after practice that he expected Orpik to be in the lineup against Montreal on Thursday.

The Capitals also practiced in their alternate uniforms for the first time this season. The team will wear them for the first time on November 11 against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Shavings

-The Capitals are 8-0-1 in their previous nine games at Bell Centre

-Captain Alex Ovechkin has recorded 27 goals and 49 points in 45 career games against the Canadiens

-Goalie Braden Holtby is 11-1-2 with a save percentage of .944, a goals-against average of 1.57, and two shutouts in his career against Montreal

-The Capitals play the last game of a four-game Canadian road trip in Montreal on Thursday; the team is 2-1-0 and has scored nine goals during that stretch

-Defenseman John Carlson‘s 26:00 of average ice time per game ranks third in the NHL; his 14 points (goals) in the month of October set a franchise record for most points in the month of October by a defenseman (Larry Murphy: 12 points, 1986-87); he recorded his five multi-point games within the first eight games of the season, and he became the 10th different defenseman in NHL history to do so, and the first since Jeff Brown in the 1993-1994 season, per NHL Stats.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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