Man has this been a lonnnnggggg week with no Washington Capitals Hockey. Most of the players enjoyed their week off catching some rays. Two separate groups of players and their families traveled together, as we saw from Lauren Oshie and Tom Wilson’s Instagram posts:
Friday they were back at Caps Kettler Iceplex for a hard practice before hopping on the plane to play the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. They were a happy, tanned bunch.
Zach Sanford and Jakub Vrana have joined the team from Hershey to fill in for Andre Burkovsky. Andre skated this morning by himself…we just missed getting you the photo! You remember Zach, he recorded his first NHL goal in the last game?? Coach indicated today that he will be back in the lineup on Saturday. Vrana’s status is a bit up in the air, but we are glad he is here.
There were skills exercises and passing and speed drills. And of course there were lots of laughs and smiles.For us, it was watching a team that has learned how to read each other and that are closer than any Capitals team we have ever seen.
As our friend @capsyapp said in response to our video of the players taking shots at the net…and making them:
Saturday will show if the vacations together and the workout today will produce another victory against Detroit. For now, we are staying positive and have every expectation that this team is different and that they won’t miss a beat–or the net!!
We’ll be watching Saturday at 2pm on CSN when the Caps and Red Wings meet again to see if today’s practice and tomorrow’s morning skate gave them enough time to shake off the rust.
Photos by Brittney Marcum