The Caps shifted the start time for practice to 1130 and then announced that it would be an optional skate. As best we could tell from the parking lot- most everyone was at Kettler Ice Plex in Arlington. The fans sure were as the pre-playoff excitement is growing.
Evgeny Kuznetsov has what looked like a serious discussion with Washington Post beat reporter Isabelle khurshudyan. No doubt there will be a story coming…
He took a moment out to sign a card brought of by the Ballston Mall security for a young fan.
The rink was full of player’s family and friends. The team store folks were struggling to help them figure out American sizing and prices. Some stopped down on the ice for hellos.
Even Friends in Cold Places met up with some of our friends from Brazil. You may remember Pedro and his wife Andrea from the snowstorm that closed out two games in 2016. They were invited back by Ted Leonsis, with the help of Wes Johnson, to watch a game from the owner’s box. The family are huge fans of the Caps and great friends of our writer, Luis Felipe Rodrigues, also from Brazil and our own Twitter King, Chris Cleveland.
Any way – back to practice. The guys started with a lot of casual shooting the puck by themselves.
Eventually the goalie coaches came out to work with Philipp Grubauer and Braden Holtby.
And they got a bit more intentional with their practice But clearly it was a Friday-light kind of day for them.
They return to Kettler Saturday for morning skate at 1015 in prep for their final game of the season against the New Jersey Devil at 7 pm. And then we should know something about who will start for the Caps between the pipes.