Caps Meet Bruins Post-Winter Classic Loss
Caps held morning skate today at TD Garden after a hard practice at home Monday.
The Bruins had an optional skate this morning in which nine players participated.
Looks like Michael Latta is out and Stan Galiev gets a turn, according to Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Marcus Johansson still center on third line.
Jay Beagle had hand surgery Sunday, according to the Washington Capitals and has been placed on the injured reserve list. Up to six weeks before his return. He has missed 2 games.
John Carlson skated before practice on Monday and traveled with the team to Boston. He will not skate in the game. He could be back in the lineup on Thursday according to Coach Trotz. He has missed 4 games. Carly did not skate today.
Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. He has missed 24 games and there is no timetable for his return; however, in his Monday presser Coach Trotz sounded positive about his return. He said he could begin to skate again soon, maybe even on the road trip.
Standings: The Caps are first in the Metropolitan Division. They are first in the Eastern Conference. After two consecutive losses by both Dallas and Washington, Caps continue to trail the Stars by 1 point in the league (DAL-60 WAS-59). They have a healthy lead in both the division and conference.
Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (24). His 1.92 goals against average (GAA) is currently second in the league to ANA John Gibson. Backing him up in the net is Philipp Grubauer.
All About the Bruins
The Bruins last played New Year’s Day against the Montreal Canadiens and suffered a humiliating 5-1 loss to the Habs in the Winter Classic. The NHL reports it was one of the most “lopsided results in Winter Classic history.”
According to Caps Today: “The Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Nov. 5 in the teams’ last meeting. John Carlson led Washington with two points (1G, 1A) and Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner added goals. Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 29 shots to earn the victory.”
Forward Matt Beleskey had the only goal in the Winter Classic against the Canadiens and has scored a goal in each of his last four games.
Center Patrice Bergeron in the last five games has three goals and no assists.
Brad Marchand has no goals and two assists in the last five games. He has 15 goals and 11 assists on the season and is a +8.
Bergeron, Eriksson, and Chara led ice time with 23 plus minutes during the Winter Classic.
Center Joonas Kemppainen skated with the team, centering the third line, and could return to the lineup tonight.
Tukka Rask is expected to be in the net tonight. He has 14 wins, 10 losses and three overtime losses this season. His GAA is 2.51. He has lost three of the last five games in which he was in the net.
Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 21 goals and is four away from 500 NHL career goals. He is fifth in the NHL. He also is three games away from a career 800 NHL games.
Jason Chimera is four assists away from an NHL career 200 assists.
Taylor Chorney – Three games shy of 100 NHL games played
Braden Holtby, with 125 career games won is four games away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.
Michael Latta is four games away from a career 100 NHL/Capitals games played.
Next Games and Practices
Thu Jan 7, 2016 Capitals Islanders, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS, SN360
Sat Jan 9, 2016 Capitals Rangers, 1:00 PM CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP
Photos by Brittney Marcum