Tuesday was the first official postseason practice for the Washington Capitals. There was much anticipation about the goalie selection, as well as which injured players might return to the ice. We drew a sigh of relief with the appearance of TJ Oshie who has not been on the ice for a little bit of time.
And now we know that Philipp Grubauer will at least be starting in the net for game one of round one. It seems that the situation is still rather flexible but at least we know who starts on Thursday and we can move on to the lines.
For practice today, this is what we saw:
For today, the following players seem to be out of the lineup:
Forwards: Beagle, Boyd, Gersich and Pinho
Defensemen: Djoos and Bowey
Jay Beagle skated after the team finished their practice, as he did on Monday. We believe that Travis Boyd is still sick. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Is this the final decision by Coach Trotz? It could be. However, as we have seen all season, you are in one day and out the next!!
Beags is still listed as day-to-day; however, he said he was hopeful he would be ready for game one. If he skates on Wednesday, it is possible that coach could put him back on the fourth line and bump Chiasson.
There are still a lot of questions among the fan base about the selections for the bottom six slots. Many wonder why Smith-Pelly is still in given that he hasn’t scored in the last 24 games in which he played. If you don’t have Beagle, it makes sense to put him in. If you do have Beagle, then perhaps Chiasson would be the better pick? He has been hotter in the most recent games with one goal and one assist and overall, he has two more points in 14 fewer games.
We are also a bit confused over the possible selection of Jerabek over Djoos. Djoos has, in our humble opinion, shown himself as a asset to the Caps in nearly every game he plays. He has 14 points and a +13 compared to Jerabek -1.
But then they don’t pay us to make the tough calls, only to pay for the entertainment!!
Meanwhile – we have Grubi in on Thursday and most people seem pretty happy. He sure is. He was keeping it cool during he interviews saying its the “same mentality” and that he will treat his routine “as any other game.” We know ya will Grubs.
And Holtby is ever the professional. He told reporters it is his “job to focus on my game” and to be ” a positive influence in the locker room.” We would expect nothing less from him.
We’ll see what happens on the ice at Kettler on Wednesday and Thursday. As we keep reminding you – anything is possible and it’s gonna be a wild, but fun, ride this post season!!