John Carlson Skates, No Tom Wilson: Notes From Capitals’ Optional Friday Practice

The Washington Capitals returned to work on Friday for an optional practice following their 3-2 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. They will practice again on Saturday before departing for Toronto in advance of their tilt with the Maple Leafs on Sunday. Puck drop on Sunday is set for 5PM.


The team changed today’s practice to optional earlier in the day. Tom Wilson did not participate in the optional workout.

John Carlson, who was injured back on December 23 on a shot that hit him in the face, was seen skating at MedStar this morning before the team’s practice – the next step in his road back to returning to the lineup.

Update from the Capitals on John Carlson: Today’s skating session was a light trip around the ice. He’ll continue to do low-level exercises before being reevaluated in late February.

Charlie Lindgren donned his new gear for the upcoming Stadium Series game against the Carolina Hurricanes on February 18.


As noted, the Capitals next visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. The Leafs will be without Auston Matthews, who was ruled out by the team on Friday.


Today’s ‘stat of the day’ plots the Capitals team shooting percentage at even strength for the first 51 games this season and the current league average (8.36%). [Click to enlarge].

The Capitals are currently shooting at 8.29% for the season, which is just slightly below the league average.


Ivan Miroshnichenko (Avangard) and Bogdan Trineyev (Dynamo) went head-to-head for the first time in the KHL on Friday. Miroshnichenko scored his second career KHL goal in the game.

Miroshnichenko started at left wing on the third line for Avangard and Trineyev started at left wing on the second line for Dynamo.


In the “Must See TV” category, keep an eye out on February 4 for Kevin Weekes’ one-hour interview with the Alex Ovechkin. The trailer alone is a good watch.

Alex Semin, who attended last night’s Capitals-Penguins game, also made a stop at former teammate Alex Ovechkin’s house last night.

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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2 Responses to John Carlson Skates, No Tom Wilson: Notes From Capitals’ Optional Friday Practice

  1. Anonymous says:

    It looks like someone signed Semin’s shirt collar 😂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Semin looks in shock.

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