Missing from practice Saturday was Evgeny Kuznetsov. Coach Reirden told reporters that he sent Kuzy home rather than have him skate. All hope is that he will rest up and come back strong when the Caps meet the Flyers on Sunday. Kuznetsov has upped his game and is a key component for a Capitals victory, which has alluded them the past two games. For now the Caps are planning to make some line adjustments in case he can’t bounce back for the matinee game.
The Capitals held practice at MedStar Capitals in Ballston Wednesday in front of a full house. We think fans are really loving the chance to see their team because it is always crowded at practice. Continue reading “Capitals Practice Wednesday”
Everyone’s favorite goaltender – Smiling Braden Holtby is back an in command of the situation. Actually -he was pretty good today chatting and encouraging the other goaltenders, especially his number two guy, Pheonix Copley, who wears number 1.
Iiya Samsanov seemed more comfortable in the net, with his new red goalie mask, than when last we saw him at development camp. His name is now on the Capitals roster with Holtby and Copley, so it is anyone’s guess who will be sitting number two.
And up from the Hershey Bearss we find Vitek Vaneck, who was holding his own against the incoming shots. He an Evgeny Kuznetsov shared a little secret on the ice…
The Caps are in a fortunate position. Although they lost Philipp Grubauer they have great potential to fill the number two spot behind the Holtbeast. The next few weeks of testing combined with a few preseason games will help the powers that be determine who sits between the posts when giving Holtby a rest. And they are watching all the prospects to size them up – as in assistant general manager Ross Mahoney who kept a watchful eye Wednesday.
More Washington Capitals players have trickled into the DMV to gear up for the season and a chance to defend Lord Stanley’s Cup. No seriously, the keg stands are stopping and they’re getting back to business. A lot prospects took to the ice early on during Wednesday morning’s unofficial practice and were soon joined in by the vets including team captain Alex Ovechkin.
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