On Saturday, Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette spoke to the media on a Zoom call following Group A’s practice on the fifth day of the 2020-21 training camp. He discussed preparing for Sunday’s intra-squad scrimmage.
“We want to evaluate everything,” Laviolette said on today’s changes during practice. He plans to leave the combinations the same for Sunday’s scrimmage. Laviolette noted that forward Daniel Sprong, who jumped on the third line in favor of Conor Sheary, has “looked good” in camp.
Laviolette has been happy with the top six he has used on defense but mentioned he wants to get a good look at everyone. Defensemen Martin Fehervary and Lucas Johansen were players who played well in the scrimmage on Thursday.
“There will be guys in the second group playing games in the NHL this year,” he said. Laviolette mentioned the scrimmages are a “mixed group for every player to shine”. Thursday’s intra-squad scrimmage went very well, according to the head coach, and he hopes the team is even better tomorrow.
Laviolette explained he always tries to “talk to players” about consistency, which was something the Capitals had issues on throughout last season. He reiterated that they need to “get off to a good start” and not get too ahead of themselves thinking about the playoffs.
By Della Young