News and Notes From the Capitals’ Monday (12/17/18) Practice

abcAfter a much deserved day off on Sunday, the Capitals returned to work Monday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for practice, and began preparations for their tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network. Puck drop is 8:00 P.M. 

Lines at morning skate:

Injury scares were abound this morning, as first Jakub Vrana slid leg-first into the side of the net after being knocked over by a teammate, and was slow to get up holding his left knee, before returning to practice after a brief rest/once over by the training staff.

Then T.J. Oshie took a tumble, sliding hard into and dislodging the net after crashing the crease on a practice exercise. The injury-plagued forward exited the rink, and Andre Burakovsky was given a red practice jersey (top-six forwards) in the event that Oshie would not return, but returned to a white sweater (bottom-six forwards) upon Oshie’s return.

Head Coach Todd Reirden and Oshie confirmed after practice that he was fine, while Vrana remained on the ice following practice, along with Burakovsky and a few other bottom-six forwards.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik is continuing his on-ice workouts. He worked out with Mark Nemish, the Capitals strength and conditioning coach, prior to Monday’s practice. The veteran blueliner seems to be making good progress in his recovery from knee surgery, but when he will be available for game action is unknown.

See Reirden’s press conference following practice HERE.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to News and Notes From the Capitals’ Monday (12/17/18) Practice

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is DJ really better than AB or NW?

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