Wednesday afternoon, Coach Trotz said that the lines we have seen the last couple of days at practice will most likely be the lines for the playoffs. Of course, that could change with the return of Jay Beagle or maybe even Travis Boyd. Beags skated without the team on the Arlington Rink and could be ready soon. (more here) Boyd is still sick with no indication as to when he might be back.
Tuesday we put the goalie frenzy behind us with Philipp Grubauer announcing he would be the starting goaltender on Thursday night. Lets be clear though- from what we saw at practice, Braden Holtby is still considered the number one goalie for the team. We would expect Grubi to stay in the net as long as he is winning. All that to say, the goalies continue to work together and clearly there is no animosity there.
It was a hard-run practice at Kettler. They worked on their speed and brute force. Even Holtby took a slam into the glass at one point. Pucks were flying and hitting hard. The Columbus Blue Jackets are going to play a solid physical game and the Caps need to prepare for the force they bring.
Meanwhile, Chandler Stephenson will take on the face off as the team waits for the return of Jay Beagle. The defense will need to play at their best and not leave Grubs out to dry. Although the players were all smiles, there was an increased sense of intensity in their play. Check us out on twitter (@incoldplacesdc) for practice video.
Barry Trotz told reporters that they are all ready for the puck to drop–as are we. One more night friends, one more night…
and then this: