Capitals Prepare For First Intrasquad Scrimmage; Ilya Samsonov, Alex Alexeyev Still Out: News From Day 4 of Capitals Training Camp

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The Washington Capitals returned to work on Friday after an off day on yesterday. The team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and then hold one final week of practices at MedStar Capitals Iceplex before departing to Toronto next Sunday, July 26. Here’s the latest from Day 4 of training camp.

Ilya Samsonsov and Alex Alexeyev once again did not participate in practice sessions today. Neither have hit the ice so far this training camp.

The Capitals continue to split the team into two practice sessions. Capitals’ head coach Todd Reirden has begun to shape the forward lines and defensive pairs, splitting the lines and pairs between each training session.

First Group (Group Blue @ 10:50 am)
The forward lines and defensive pairs for the first practice group of the day.

One-on-one drills:

Second Group (Group Red practice @ 1:20 pm)
The forward lines and defensive pairs for the second practice group.

Todd Reirden
The Capitals will be staying at the Hotel X, along with the other top-five teams in the Eastern Conference. “This will be a whole new experience for sure,” the bench boss said about having the team’s closest rivals in one place. He doesn’t expect players to get physical but noted there could very well be some “stare-downs”. (More here).

Jonas Siegenthaler
Siegenthaler thinks that there is “for sure” an opportunity to lock up a spot among the Capitals’ top-six defensive group but acknowledged “you do anything to win those games. I feel like I’m well prepared. Everyone’s well prepared.” Siegenthaler feels like everyone has an opportunity during training camp. (More here.)

Braden Holtby
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby told the media on Friday that he is not thinking about his pending unrestricted free agency “at all” and that winning the Stanley Cup “is the only focus. Everything else is irrelevant. … One game at a time.” He said later on during the call that the “goal is to find the next-best place to win a championship. [But,] hopefully, it’s here.” (More here).

Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson recorded a career high 44 points (21g, 23a) this season, also setting a new career high in assists. Additionally, Wilson set career highs in power play goals (5), game-winning goals and scored his first career overtime goal on Nov. 7 against the Florida Panthers. During the suspension-shortened season, Wilson had 93 penalty minutes in 68 games, on pace for 110 penalty minutes, which would have been the lowest total of his career. Additionally, Wilson played in his 500th career game on Jan. 13 against the Carolina Hurricanes, where he became the 28th player in franchise history to reach the mark. (More here).

Alexandra Briggs-Blake
The NHL announced on Friday that Maryland native Alexandria Briggs-Blake will be honored as one of three finalists for the league’s Willie O’Ree Award this year for her efforts in supporting DMV-area hockey

The Tucker Road Ducks are a predominantly African American ice hockey team in Maryland that suffered a devastating fire in 2017, which left their rink destroyed and their team without a place to play. Briggs-Blake, President of the Tucker Road Parent Hockey Organization (TRPHO) and mother of former Tucker Road Ducks players, used her passion for hockey to rally her community together to build a new rink. (More here.)

By Jon Sorensen

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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