Brooks Orpik Takes Maintenance Day, Capitals Keep Same Lineup From 8-5 Loss To Blackhawks and Hold Meeting Prior To Practice


The Washington Capitals took to the practice ice approximately 30 minutes late Monday morning, as head coach Todd Reirden likely held a team meeting. The team lost their fifth consecutive game (0-4-1), including their fourth straight in regulation, and eighth in 11 games after an 8-5 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon. 

Defenseman Brooks Orpik took a maintenance day, so Jonas Siegenthaler stepped in his spot next to Madison Bowey on the third-pairing.

Despite getting only four of their nine goals from forwards over the losing streak, including none the past two games, Reirden decided to keep the same forward lines as they were in the 8-5 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday.

In case you missed the news yesterday, Reirden stated that the Capitals will decide prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday whether captain Alex Ovechkin will miss the game against the Maple Leafs, the game preceding the NHL’s All-Star Break, or the game on Friday, February 1 against the Calgary Flames, the game immediately following the All-Star Break. He has serve a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star festivities in San Jose this upcoming week in order to take full advantage of the Capitals’ bye week.

The team is back in action tomorrow night against the San Jose Sharks at Capital One Arena. The game will start at 7 PM and will be televised on NBC Sports Washington.

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By Harrison Brown

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2 Responses to Brooks Orpik Takes Maintenance Day, Capitals Keep Same Lineup From 8-5 Loss To Blackhawks and Hold Meeting Prior To Practice

  1. Sarah Bennett says:

    They need more practices and less community events – please! Act and pass as a team!

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