Alex Ovechkin Returns To Practice, T.J. Oshie Returns to Washington For Birth Of 4th Child: Notes From Capitals Practice In Denver

The Washington Capitals made their way from Las Vegas to Denver on Sunday following their 6-2 loss to the Vegas Knights on Saturday night. They conclude their western road trip Tuesday night against the Avalanche. Puck drop is set for 9PM ET.


The Capitals held practice Monday afternoon at Ball Arena in Denver. Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin, who missed the team’s last game in Vegas, participated in the team’s practice on Monday.

Ovechkin skated on a four-man line with Dylan Strome, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Aliaksei Protas. There were no other reports regarding other line combinations.

Capitals Coach Peter Laviolette said Alex Ovechkin looked good at practice today but he’s still technically day-to-day. Will see how he feels tomorrow.

T.J. Oshie has returned to Washington to be with his wife Lauren, who is expecting the birth of their fourth child.


The Capitals power play continues to rank near the bottom third of the league, with and without John Carlson. They currently sit at 20.5%. [Click to enlarge].

The Capitals power play has ranked around 17-20th in the league for most of the season, and hovered around 17-18 since mid-December. [Click to enlarge].


Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded three assists in his last two games and leads the Capitals with 34 assists this season. Kuznetsov tallied two assists in Washington’s 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, passing Dale Hunter (375) for the sixth-most assists in franchise history.

Kuznetsov has passed Peter Bondra, Bengt Gustafsson, Calle Johansson and Hunter on the franchise’s all-time assist list this season and is now 16 assists shy of passing Mike Gartner (392) for the fifth-most assists in team history. In addition, Kuznetsov, who has a team-high seven multi-assist games this season, is one multi-assist game shy of passing Gustafsson (70) and tying Gartner (71) for the fifth-most multi-assist games in franchise history. MORE ON KUZNETSOV.


Today’s stat of the day looks at goaltending in the Metropolitan Division. The following graph plots the save percentage and goals differential (xGA – GA) for each of the goaltenders in the Metropolitan Division with 350+ minutes of 5v5 ice time. (About 10 games) [Click to enlarge].

Darcy Kuemper remains in the top right quadrant (above average in both stats) while Charlie Lindgren has dropped to the lower left quadrant (below average in both categories)

Shots Fired 

Today’s BONUS stat of the day revisits the Capitals differential between shots for and shots against per game averages (SF/GM-avg – SA/GM-avg). [Click to enlarge]

The Capitals have basically flatlined since late December, sitting at around +1.5 more shots for than against per game.

[The statistics used in this post are courtesy of Natural Stat Trick and the NoVa Caps Advanced Analytics Model (NCAAM). If you’d like to learn more about the statistical terms used in this post, please check out our NHL Analytics Glossary]


Alexander Auzdalev scored his 25th goal of the season on Spongebob Squarepants night in Regina on Saturday. He also added two helpers. He has 24g, 33a in 42 games played. He’s shot the puck 97 times for a 24.7% shooting percentage in the season.

Ryan Chesley had a nice cross-ice pass for a primary assist against Michigan on Friday night.

Hendrix Lapierre made an excellent play for the Bears on Saturday night that led to the game-winning goal. Lapierre would cause a turnover behind the Belleville goal, turn and fire a pass to Garrett Pilon who roofed one for the Bears go ahead goal.

Lapierre has 10 goals and 12 assists in 39 games played so far this season for the Bears. He’s 11th on the team in points per game average at 0.56 points per game.


  • Capitals players talk about setting up Alex Ovechkin for the shot (AP News)
  • Bruce Boudreau was a guest on Sirius XM this morning and spoke about his time Vancouver and what’s next for him:
  • And finally, Bruce’s wife, Crystal sent one final message to the people of Vancouver on Tuesday:

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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4 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Returns To Practice, T.J. Oshie Returns to Washington For Birth Of 4th Child: Notes From Capitals Practice In Denver

  1. KimRB says:

    Notice that Crystal Boudreau doesn’t mention the Vancouver Canucks organization. Speaks volumes.

    That organization is a fuster cluck of epic proportions.

  2. hockeydruid says:

    Time to tell Oshie that either he or his wife has to start sleeping with a chastity belt on. Players can have relations with their spouse from October to January and then have to wait as having kids during the season is just to disruptive to the job!! LMAO!!

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