Capitals’ Practice News Roundup: Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik Continue To Make Progress


The Washington Capitals returned to the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday morning after their 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena last night. The team next plays on Friday night at 7:30 at PNC Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes. NBC Sports Washington will have the coverage. Here are all of the news from Wednesday’s practice from Arlington, Virginia: 

Defenseman Brooks Orpik skated for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right leg, which was originally estimated to take 4-6 weeks for him to return to the lineup, before practice. He has missed the past 20 games. In the first 10 games he played this season, Orpik, 38, posted a goal, two points, and a +2 rating.

Defenseman Christian Djoos did not practice today and is out day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The 24-year old defenseman has four points (all assists) and a +6 rating in 28 games this season. Jonas Seigenthaler took his place on the third pairing next to Madison Bowey.

Forward Tom Wilson practiced and took full contact, meaning he will likely return at the Hurricanes on Friday. He has missed the past three games with a concussion after being on the wrong side of a blindside hit from Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves in the Capitals’ 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights on December 4.

Forward Andre Burakovsky, who was scratched in the win over the Red Wings, rotated in with forward Dmitrij Jaskin on the fourth line and forward Chandler Stephenson rotated in with forward Devante Smith-Pelly on the third line but both were skating with the scratches.

Capitals Lines


-center Travis Boyd has two goals and four points over a three-game point streak

-captain Alex Ovechkin has six goals in a four-game goal-scoring streak and 13 goals and 19 points on a 12-game point streak

-Ovechkin’s 49 assists against Carolina are the most he has against a single franchise while his 36 goals against them rank third (Winnipeg Jets: 47, Tampa Bay Lightning: 43)

-Since returning from injury, center Evgeny Kuznetsov has a six-game point streak, where he’s tallied a goal and eight points over that span

-Goaltender Braden Holtby has a save percentage of .973 in his past two games

-The Capitals have won three games in a row and 10 of their past 12 outings

-The team has five players with a +10 rating or higher (defenseman Michal Kempny: +19 – tied with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie for the second-highest in the NHL, defenseman John Carlson: +17 – tied with Nashville Predators forward Colton Sissons and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen for the seventh-highest in the NHL, center Nicklas Backstrom: +15 – tied with Maple Leafs defensemen Ron Hainsey and Morgan Reilly for 12th-highest in the league, Ovechkin: +12 – in a six-way tie for 19th in the NHL, and forward Jakub Vrana: +10 – in a six-way tie for 30th in the NHL)

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By Harrison Brown

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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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4 Responses to Capitals’ Practice News Roundup: Tom Wilson and Brooks Orpik Continue To Make Progress

  1. jkneps63 says:

    Thanks for the great article!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have been saying for a couple of years to give TB a shot and there he is… next is NW…. Nice to see some ex caps like Grubbie doing ok

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