News And Notes From Capitals Practice: Charlie Lindgren Skates, Nic Dowd Doesn’t Practice, Work Continues On Transitions

The Washington Capitals were on ice at MedStar on Monday ahead of their 6:00 p.m. matchup tomorrow night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. With a full practice session on a non-game day, the Caps got to take advantage of about 90 minutes of ice time, with some players sticking around before and after for individual work.

In injury news, Charlie Lindgren was on ice early for some individual skills work, but did not take part in the full practice. Darcy Kuemper and Clay Stevenson appear to be the active pair for tomorrow night. Nic Dowd did not practice.

The line combinations appeared to be mostly the same, with the only changes coming to the defensive pairings. It looked like the coaches were cycling through some guys on the special teamsdrills, perhaps to mix up the looks in front of the goaltenders.

The point of emphasis for today’s practice seemed to boil down to one thing: speed. The first team drill during the full practice involved stretch passes from the defensive to offensive blue lines. This was followed by a drill that began with a quick backcheck and pushing the pace up the wings to break out.

By pushing quickly into the offensive zone, the Caps wingers stretched the defense laterally, camping their defensemen at the line to keep passing lanes open. Each line appeared to have at least one speedster to establish quick pressure as the puck-carrier on breakouts.

Eventually, the Caps transitioned to power play drills, once again making clean zone entries a point of emphasis. Generating traffic in front and focusing on their communication created lots of chances in tight toward the net.

Now comes the biggest news of the day: the Sonny Milano Chia Pet made an appearance. The media team was doing photo shoots for different promotional items to be given out throughout the year, and Sonny Milano did a sit-down interview with Alexa Landestoy. I tried to see if I could sneak a picture of the Chia Pet, but no dice. For those that have seen the full-size Chia Pets in the past, it’s probably about half that size, but sure to still be a crowd-pleaser.


By Kevin McNelis

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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1 Response to News And Notes From Capitals Practice: Charlie Lindgren Skates, Nic Dowd Doesn’t Practice, Work Continues On Transitions

  1. DWGie26 says:

    So glad to see Sandin and JC74 separated. Like the pairs and that Jensen is third pair. Looks like we may see Alexyev over Aktell.

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