What to Watch: Smiling Faces for Caps-Rangers Game Day Match-up.

Caps Daily Glass Bump: Pregame 20 December 2015

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Photos by Brittney Marcum

Washington Capitals held practice at Kettler Capitials Iceplex on Saturday in front of a huge crowd of fans. After practice, they signed autographs and talked to fans before rolling out to NYC to meet their rivals, the NY Rangers on Sunday. They did not have a morning skate today and according to Brooks Laich, spent the morning walking the streets of NYC.

And they were alllll smiles. Must be Schmidtfuence on the team.

 The buzz on Saturday was all about Coach Trotz pulling Braden Holtby on Friday in the Caps-Bolts games. Apparently Trotz was more upset with the lackluster performance of the players than the three goals that got by his top goalie. All was good on Saturday as the Holtbeast practiced his moves and later signed autographs for fans.

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Keep an eye on Evgeny Kuznetsov who has six goals and eight assists in the 14 road games he has played.

Holtby is still the top goalie in the league for goals-against-average and save percentage and has eight wins on the road this season.

How many goals and points will Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie rack up tonight? Ovi “ranks tied for eighth in the NHL for games with two or more power-play goals. “ (capitalstoday.monumentalnetwork.com)

Ovechkin is nine goals away from 500 NHL career goals.

Line-up looks to be the same.

What About Those Rangers and their Goalie?

Unlike the Caps, the Rangers held practice in Westchester this morning. The phrase of choice on social media for the NYR is: “rock bottom.” Watch to see if they can pull themselves out against their archenemies.

Henrik Lundqvist and Magnus Hellberg participated in practice this morning. Looks like King Henry will get the nod. Rangers report: ”tonight will be the first time in franchise history that both dressed goalies are Swedish-born.”

Rangers’ defenseman Kevin Klein skated this morning but will not be back in the line up. He has been out with an oblique strain since their game against Caroline Hurricanes November 30th and could be part of the Rangers D problem. 

Up Next

After tonight the Caps will head to Carolina December 21st before returning home for a post-Christmas game against the Atlantic Division leaders—the Montreal Canadiens.

FYI: There will be no home practices until December 26.

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Holtbeast stretch.

The Caps took morning skate at Kettler Ice Plex this morning while the Senators held an optional morning skate at Verizon. The boys were all smiles this morning at practice and gave Holtby a good workout blocking shots.

 

The Senators and Capitals both have had a couple of days off and both are coming into the match on a win high. Ottawa is hanging on to third place in the Atlantic Division while Washington has a two-point lead in the top spot for the Metropolitan Div.

Sens Watch

Keep an eye on left wing Mike Hoffman (68) who leads the Sens in goals and put up two goals and an assist against the LA Kings on Monday. Defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) always brings a high intensity to the game and holds the teams highest assist stat and is in second place overall in the league. Coach Trotz specifically called out Karlsson as one they have to manage.

Andrew Hammond (The Hamburglar) returns to the Sens as the netminder tonight and he will need to be on his game as the Caps look to launch a strong offense to keep their top spot. Hammond has been out for over a month having suffered a concussion.

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Bringing his winning smile tonight.

 

What to Watch for Tonight:

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Changes to the fourth line: Michael Latta (46) is back in the lineup and Stan Galiev is out. Andre Burakovsky (65) and Brooks Laich (21) will round out the line.  dec16 latta

Nicklas Backstrom (19) is one point shy of an NHL career 600.

After this game, Jason Chimera (25) will be one game away from a career 900 games.

Braden Holtby (70): All eyes in the league will be on him as talk of the Hart Trophy builds steam.

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