ARLINGTON, VA–The Washington Capitals held their final practice before the play the New Jersey Devils at noon tomorrow. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (4-6-0, 3.62 GAA, .891 Save pct.) will start his sixth straight game tomorrow.
The Caps switched forward lines a bit today. The new lines were: Chimera-Ribeiro-Ovechkin, Fehr-Backstrom-Brouwer, Wolski-Perreault-Ward, Hendricks-Beagle-Crabb.
Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates decided to switch Eric Fehr and Wojtek Wolski on the second and third lines.
“I want to give Fehrsie [Fehr] a few more minutes playing with Nick [Backstrom] & Brouw [Brouwer] just because I thought he’s really been playing good hockey for us and I want to test chemistry…give WoJo [Wolski] a chance to take a step back, maybe not try and be too fancy and simplify his game a little.”
Mike Green (lower body) says “I feel good” and that he was able to be a little more explosive today.
Green added, “We’ll see…I’m hoping” on giving it a go tomorrow.
Oates had no updates on Brooks Laich (groin) and Marcus Johansson (upper body). Laich didn’t skate for the sixth day in a row and Johansson worked in with the fourth line.
Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin didn’t agree with his penalty in the third period last night and jokingly said ”Referee out of shape…they need some times too to be in shape.”
Oates had no excuses on the six minor penalties the Caps took in the third period last night.
“You can’t blame the refs for six. You can’t. That’s on us.”
Listen here to what Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Mike Ribeiro & Joel Ward had to say following practice today.
Adam Oates Practice Audio
Alex Ovechkin Practice Audio
Mike Green Practice Audio
Mike Ribeiro Practice Audio
Joel Ward Practice Audio