The Washington Capitals returned to action at Capital One Arena following the NHL holiday break and got a huge 3-1 win over their Metropolitan Division rival Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. It was their third win in a row that saw goals from Chandler Stephenson, T.J. Oshie and John Carlson. Christmas was fun and the Caps had great videos, but it feels good to see them play hockey again.
Oshie returned to practice foe the first time since being listed as week-to-week with an upper body injury. Of course he won’t be in the lineup just yet but this is great first step! Here’s some photo evidence of the first skate:
With Tj Oshie and Lars Eller listed as day-to-day the Caps lines took another adjustment:
90-19-14, 8-92-65, 28-83-43, 26-82-10. Defense: 9-74, 27-2, 44-88. Chorney was scratched again. Holtby vs. Bobrovsky in the opposing nets.
Nicky Backstrom got things going with a wrist shot through Bobrovsky to score first for the Caps. Caps PR tweeted out that the Caps “have scored first in 15 of their 18 games this season.” The Caps were success most of the period putting pressure on the Jackets. They would loose a bit of there steam as the period ended with the Jackets outshooting, out hitting, and out blocking. Period ends 1-0 Caps.
Sure Alex Ovechkin scored, as did Nick Foligno of the Jackets. The Caps still seemed to be struggling with only four shots on goal. Burakovsky isn’t looking fully himself which leaves us wondering if he is really ok? At the end of the second Caps still lead 2-1.
Coming into the third period it seemed as if the Caps were still looking for their offensive game. Right off the bat Jacket’s Brandon Dubinsky tapped one in around Holtby, tying the game 2-2. With 1:43 left in the period Backy’a stick gets a little too high putting the Jackets on the PP. And they make it 3-2 with a bounce over Holtby. Backstrom was pretty upset with the call against him. Toronto asks another look to see if it was offside. No such luck, a disappointed Verizon crowd here’s the bad news that it is a good goal. Bobs continues to thwart the Caps and the game ends 3-2 Columbus.
Caps hold practice at Kettler on Monday with a Wednesday night game against St. Louis.
Ok folks we finally have the skinny on tonight’s game.
Philipp Grubauer is in the net, giving the team a chance to redeem themselves after the embarrassing lack of support they showed on Saturday.
Taylor Chorney is in again which means Nate Schmidt is in the viewing area tonight.
The lines are as we have never seen them before as the team captain moves to the second line. This is one area that the critics have disagreed with Coach Trotz. We listed it as a weakness–the inconsistency and unraveling of cohesion. Others think the change could spark new energy. We remain optimistically skeptical…
The lines tonight, according to Isabelle Khurshudyn of WP are as follows:
Marcus Johansson-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin-Jay Beagle-Andre Burakovsky
Zach Sanford-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams
Daniel Winnik-Lars Eller-Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov-John Carlson
Brooks Orpik-Taylor Chorney
Philipp Grubauer (starter)
Hang on friends- it’s gonna be a wild ride tonight. Game time is 7 pm on CSN.