Capitals’ Head Coach Peter Laviolette: “There Will Be Guys In The Second Group Playing Games In The NHL This Year”

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

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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2 Responses to Capitals’ Head Coach Peter Laviolette: “There Will Be Guys In The Second Group Playing Games In The NHL This Year”

  1. hockeydruid says:

    Good as this team needs a lot of younger legs and more speed. Also they need to lose some of the salary and not just one player in the expansion draft if that is what they take. BUt maybe they go for a younger less expensive player. that sure would screw things up nicely.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      With ya, Druid. Younger, and cut some cash. Please? However, I think in this COVID-19 season with a compressed schedule, ALL players might see some action.

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