The Washington Capitals held one final practice on Friday morning at MedStar Capitals Iceplex prior to departing for Boston. The team will re-start their 2022-23 season Saturday afternoon against Bruins in Beantown. Puck drop is set for 3:30PM.
Neither Tom Wilson nor Nic Dowd were on the ice for Friday’s practice. Wilson, who left in the second period of the team’s 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on January 24, skated before the team’s practice on Thursday, but left the ice with a noticeable limp and did not participate in practice.
The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs at practice on Friday, courtesy of Tom Gulitti/NHL.com:
Alex Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — Aube-Kubel
Conor Sheary — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson — Nicklas Backstrom — Sonny Milano
Anthony Mantha — Lars Eller — Garnet Hathaway
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin — Martin Fehervary
Extras: Alexander Alexeyev
With no morning skate on Saturday, it’s very likely these will be the lines against the Bruins and it’s highly unlikely that Wilson and Dowd will play on Saturday.
Charlie Lindgren wasn’t having Evgeny Kuznetsov’s foolishness in practice 😂 pic.twitter.com/83bG2MhGdx
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) February 10, 2023
CLEVER MAN, SEEMS LIKE
Trevor van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 31, marking his first career multi-goal game. The goals were van Riemsdyk’s fifth and sixth goals of the season, which established a new single-season career high, surpassing his previous high set last season (5).
van Riemsdyk, who has recorded 14 points (6g, 8a) in 53 games this season, is on pace to establish a single-season career high in points for the second consecutive season (2021-22: 1g-16a-17p in 72 GP). Capitals defensemen have combined for 29 goals this season, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in the NHL. [MORE HERE]
STAT OF THE DAY – UNDER FIRE
Yesterday we took a look at the rebound control for each of the Capitals goaltenders (Here). Today’s stat of the day takes a step back and just looks at the average number of shots fired per game against each of the league’s goaltenders who have played 500 minutes or more of time on ice (10-11 games) at five -on-five. [Click to enlarge].
The red line denotes the league average of 30.31 shots against at five-on-five. Both Charlie Lindgren (28.50) and Darcy Kuemper (29.79) are seeing less than the league average in shots against.
[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]
DOWN ON THE FARM
Ryan Hofer continued his scorching-hot play for the the Kamloops Blazers over the weekend, including a hat-trick last Friday night. He added two more tallies over the weekend. He now has 32 goals and 18 assists in 46 games played.
Ryan Hofer with his 32nd goal of the season. His 9th since joining the Blazers (10 games), His 5th goal in last 7 periods. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/WZQeie1uon
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) February 6, 2023
Connor McMichael – Since his loan from Washington in late November, forward McMichael has served as one of Hershey’s top offensive weapons, often slotted in on the team’s second line. In that stretch of time, he ranks fourth in team scoring with 22 points (11g, 11a) in 31 games (.71 points/game). McMichael recorded 14 goals and 13 assists in 33 games (.82 points per game) in the 2020-21 Covid-shortened season.
Connor McMichael continues his hot streak, scores his 11th since joining the Bears. #HBH #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/9SBhHdpthn
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) February 4, 2023
The Hershey Bears return to action tonight when they face the Comets in Utica, New York. Puck drop is set for 7PM.
SUPER BOWL PICKS
Capitals players were asked to make their predictions for the Super a bowl before taking the ice for practice on Friday:
The #SBLVII picks are in pic.twitter.com/gftleIzbkx
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 10, 2023
It’s nice of the NFL to hold a game after the Capitals big 30th annual Sunday afternoon home game. By the way, the Capitals annual Super Bowl Sunday games are one of the best games to go see all season. DC is a ghost town – No traffic!
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- On this day in 2000, Olaf Kolzig recorded his 15th career shutout, becoming the Capitals’ all-time leader in career shutouts.
On this day in 2000, Olaf Kolzig recorded his 15th career shutout, becoming the Capitals’ all-time leader in career shutouts #Hockey365 #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/SXC999aWws
— Mike Commito (@mikecommito) February 10, 2023
Can someone spot me 75k for Ovi jersey?
Maybe a good investment though. Could see it go for 100k in 10 years or so.
Martin Brodeur is a baby.
Well those line may start the game but lets see how long they last. Mantha and Eller have to play so the GM can showcase them to be able to get anything for them in trade. At this point and not looking forward to another trade like the Varna trade where players and a pick go to basically get rid of a player only to get back salary and a player that is …..well how do you say not good. And if trying to play them yet be able to really limit their playing time the 4th line is best.