November 26, 2014

Washington Capitals Practice Update & Audio for Feb. 8: McPhee, Oates & More

The dead-last Washington Capitals held practice Friday after a blow out loss in Pittsburgh Thursday night. Capitals General Manager George McPhee met with the media today to discuss the Caps struggles and said “I like the people here”.

“With respect to the way we’re playing [with regards to] systems, I like the way we’re playing,”  McPhee said.  “I think if you’re watching, our team has really adjusted to the system pretty quickly — we wanted it right away, but it’s quicker than we were hoping for. The issue with our club right now, in my mind, is all these penalties that we’re taking. It’s too much.”

But he says penalties are only half the problems.

McPhee added,  “We’re giving up too many goals and it seems to be related to a lot of these penalties that we’re taking. It’s too hard on the team and it’s too hard on the goaltenders.”

McPhee also talked about on what he can do to fix this.

“If there’s something I can do to make the club better, I will…I’m not going to do anything stupid.”

McPhee added, “We’re going to make good decisions. We’re not going to do anything short-term. We’re not going to blow anything up.”

The Caps forward lines today were: Johansson-Backstrom-Brouwer, Wolski-Ribeiro-Ovi, Fehr-Perreault-Ward, Chimera-Crabb-Beagle-Hendricks.  All eight defenseman practiced.  John Erskine and Mathieu Perreault are likely back in the line-up tomorrow.  Braden Holtby will be in goal tomorrow.

Brooks Laich practiced today and McPhee said “He’s improving and hopefully we’ll see him soon.”

McPhee said that he heard last week that Dmitry Orlov is probably a month away.  McPhee said Jack Hillen is likely another six-to-eight weeks away.

Listen here to what George McPhee, Adam Oates, Troy Brouwer, John Erskine, Tom Poti, Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth & Joel Ward had to say today.

George McPhee Press Conference Part 1

02-08-13 George McPhee Presser 1

George McPhee Press Conference Part 2

02-08-13 George McPhee Presser 2

Adam Oates Practice Audio

02-08-13 Adam Oates Practice RAW

Troy Brouwer Practice Audio

02-08-13 Troy Brouwer Practice RAW

John Erskine Practice Audio

02-08-13 John Erskine Practice RAW

Tom Poti Practice Audio

02-08-13 Tom Poti Practice RAW

Braden Holtby Practice Audio

02-08-13 Braden Holtby Practice RAW

Michal Neuvirth Practice Audio

02-08-13 Michal Neuvirth Practice RAW

Joel Ward Practice Audio

02-08-13 Joel Ward Practice RAW

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