TJ Oshie And Jakub Vrána Take Maintenance Days, Lars Eller Returns To Full Contact Practice: News From Capitals Practice


The Washington Capitals were back to work Saturday morning following a day off on Friday. They will next host a two-game set with the Philadelphia Flyers that begins on Sunday with the Capitals traditional pre-Super Bowl game. Puck drop is set for noon. Here is the latest from today’s practice:

PRACTICE

The Capitals primary storylines for Saturday morning were once again the status of Ilya Samsonov (COVID-19 list), Evgeny Kuznetsov (COVID-19 list), Lars Eller (upper body injury), Justin Schultz (upper body injury), Brian Pinho (undisclosed injury) and Conor Sheary, who suffered a lower body injury against the Bruins.

Lars Eller practiced in a regular jersey today (no light blue non-contact jersey) which indicates he is close to returning to games. Brian Pinho remained in a non-contact jersey. The other players listed above once again did not participate in today’s practice.

T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrána had maintenance days today and did not practice. They are both listed as “day-to-day”.

Lines
The lines at this morning’s practice.

Power play units:

PP1: Ovechkin, Carlson, Wilson, Eller, Backstrom
PP2: Orlov, Chara, Maillet, Sprong, Panik

MEDIA SESSIONS

Nicklas Backstrom

Lars Eller

Peter Laviolette

SHAVINGS

  • On Thursday against the New York Rangers, Alex Ovechkin scored his third goal of the season and the 709th goal of his career to pass long-time Capital Mike Gartner (708g) for sole possession of seventh place on the NHL’s all-time list.
  • Ovechkin now sits nine goals shy of passing Phil Esposito (717g) for the sixth-most goals in NHL history. Ovechkin’s career 0.61 goals per game rate (709g in 1,159 games) is the highest among the NHL’s eight players who have reached the 700-goal milestone.
  • With the goal, Ovechkin also recorded his 361st goal on the road, one shy of Steve Yzerman (362) for the second-most road goals in NHL history.
  • The goal also marked his first scored against Rangers goaltender Igor Shestyorkin, the 143rd different NHL goaltender Ovechkin has scored against. There have been 6,438 players in NHL history who have scored 143 or fewer goals in their career.
  • Ovechkin’s 15 career 30-goal campaigns trail only Gartner (17) for the most in League history. Additionally, his 15 consecutive 30-goal seasons are tied with Gartner (1979-80–1993-94) and Jaromir Jagr (1991-92–2006-07) for the longest such run by an NHL player.

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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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