August 14, 2022

Washington Capitals Practice Update for March 1: Green Re-Injured Groin

ARLINGTON, VA–The Washington Capitals (7-11-1, 15 points, last in the Eastern Conference) held practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today before they head to Winnipeg tomorrow to play the streaking Jets, winner of their last three and five of their last six, and end their two-game road trip.

Mike Green (groin) did not practice today after playing the last two games and is not going on the trip.

“It’s just not quite feeling right,”  Oates said.  “We’re taking a step back until he heals, 100 percent.”

Green was second in time on ice against Carolina at 21:54 and led the team against the Flyers at 22:14.

“We’ll see how he is when we come back,”  Oates said on Green.  “Maybe a couple treatments and he feels that much better.”

Watch for Tomas Kundratek to be with Karl Alzner on the top defensive pairing tomorrow.

The Caps also shuffled their lines, Matt Hendricks was moved to the number one line, Jason Chimera to the third line and Wojtek Wolski to the fourth line.

“A change. Give someone else a shot there,”  Oates said on moving Hendricks to the number one line.  “Kind of by committee right now until I feel that there’s a real guy who can be entrenched there.”

The Caps forward lines at practice today looked like: Hendricks-Ribeiro-Ovechkin, Fehr-Backstrom-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Ward, Wolski-Beagle-Crabb.

Marcus Johansson (upper body, on injured reserve) worked in with the fourth line.  He has missed the past eight games and has not been cleared for contact.  Aaron Volpatti, who the acquired off waivers yesterday from the Vancouver Canucks, will meet the team in Winnipeg and will be on the fourth line tomorrow.  If he plays, Wolski could be the odd man out.  Volpatti, who is a grinder/fighter, has played in 16 games for the Canucks this season and has one goal, zero assists and 28 penalty minutes.

“He’s a good hard nose guy, works hard,”  Caps forward Troy Brouwer said on Volpatti.

Braden Holtby (6-7-0, 3.26 GAA, .899 Save pct.) will start his ninth straight tomorrow.

Brooks Laich (groin) didn’t practice and hasn’t practiced with the team since February 16th.  Oates had no update on Laich.

Listen here to what Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, Mike Ribeiro, Matt Hendricks & Eric Fehr had to say following practice today.

Adam Oates Practice Audio

03-01-13 Adam Oates Practice RAW

Alex Ovechkin Practice Audio

03-01-13 Alex Ovechkin Practice RAW

Troy Brouwer Practice Audio

03-01-13 Troy Brouwer Practice RAW

Mike Ribeiro Practice Audio

03-01-13 Mike Ribeiro Practice RAW

Matt Hendricks Practice Audio

03-01-13 Matt Hendricks Practice RAW

Eric Fehr Practice Audio

03-01-13 Eric Fehr Practice RAW

Washington Capitals Game 17 Quotes & Audio: Oates, Ovechkin, Fehr & more

Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein

Alex Ovechkin borke out in a big way Saturday, with his first hat trick of the season — the 11th in his illustrious career and first since Jan. 22, 2011, against Toronto  — en route to the Washington Capitals 5-1 pasting of the visiting New Jersey Devils. Eric Fehr scored the first short-handed goal of his career, Troy Brouwer added his fifth of the season and Braden Holtby had 22 saves to help lead the Caps to victory.

Much more relaxed in his postgame comments than after recent games, Ovechkin said, “The chances are there. Sometimes I feel that the puck just doesn’t want to go in. Today, it was that kind of game that almost every shot goes in, or at least it feels like that. It’s kind of nice.”

Head coach Adam Oates has remained patient with Ovechkin this season as he adjusts to the new systems and a new position.

“I feel that way about every guy. If you are doing the right things it will turn your way at one point. You have to believe in that. That’s almost every life lesson. He’s [Alex Ovechkin] been getting a lot of chances. He could have had a few [Thursday] night. In New York he had 14 shots, which means that the guys he’s playing with and himself are doing the right things. He’s getting opportunities. Good things happen sooner or later.”

The Capitals are off on Sunday and are scheduled to practice Monday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

For Oates’ and Ovechkin’s full comments, plus those of Holtby, Fehr, Brouwer and Matt Hendricks, please click the links below.

02-23-13 Adam Oates Postgame RAW

02-23-13 Alex Ovechkin Postgame RAW

02-23-13 Braden Holtby Postgame RAW

02-23-13 Eric Fehr Postgame RAW

02-23-13 Matt Hendricks Postgame RAW

02-23-13 Troy Brouwer Postgame RAW

Washington Capitals Game 10 Postgame Audio: Oates, Hendricks, Neuvirth & More

WASHINGTON-The Washington Capitals played hard but lost again, this time to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 at Verizon Center and are now dead last in the NHL.

“You run out of cliches to say to the guys, obviously,”  Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates said.  “We’ll talk tomorrow and we’ll figure out a plan on how to approach it because we’ve got to rebound for Thursday again. But we obviously did a lot of good things tonight: we held ‘em to 20 shots, a few chances. Our special teams were better tonight, which is good. There’s always positives.”

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner isn’t happy with how they’re playing. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Practice Update & Audio for Feb. 2: Oates, Hendricks, Alzner and more

The Washington Capitals held an optional practice Saturday morning following their 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night. Matt Hendricks spoke about the fight he had with Zac Rinaldo after John Erskine’s wandering elbow landed on the beak of Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.

Hendricks and Rinaldo were assessed game misconducts on top of their respective five minutes for fighting for dropping the mitts before the puck was dropped on the ensuing faceoff.

“Oh yeah, there was some tomfoolery in that one, without a doubt. We had all the expectations that the puck was dropped,” Hendricks said Saturday. “The ref has his back to us, the linesman, so to us it looked like he dropped the puck. His arms clearly moved, both centermen engaged in the circle and I guess he didn’t drop it.”

“It wasn’t really the best time for me to fight for our team,” Hendricks said. “I thought we had the momentum going. But something like that, I felt maybe it was a good time just to nip it in the bud right away and get it over with so we could get back to playing hockey, because I knew they would start running around and maybe cheap-shot some of our guys.”

Erskine did not meet with the media pending his disciplinary hearing Saturday, but Hendricks stuck up for his teammate. “From the bench it looked like a clean hit, like accidental contact. It looked like they were both fighting for the puck, fighting for position. They just kinda ran into each other.”

Head coach Adam Oates maintained the company line when he addressed the media following practice. “I think it’s tough because you’ve got two guys going for the puck simultaneously and they’re big boys and it looked like simultaneous contact to me.”

For Oates and Hendricks’ complete comments, plus Karl Alzner, Jason Chimera and Tom Poti, please see the links below (Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein).

02-02-13 Adam Oates Practice RAW

02-02-13 Jason Chimera Practice RAW

02-02-13 Matt Hendricks Practice RAW

02-02-13 Karl Alzner Practice RAW

02-02-13 Tom Poti Practice RAW

Washington Capitals Game 6 Recap: Caps Take Early Lead, Fade Late in 3-2 Loss to Ottawa

Tuesday night on the road the Washington Capitals played perhaps their two best periods of the season, but it was a poor third period that proved their undoing in a 3-2 loss on against the Ottawa Senators.

The Caps took a 2-0 lead late in the first period on goals by Troy Brouwer and Matt Hendricks, the second marker of the season for each. Michal Neuvirth earned his fourth start in a row for Washington after Braden Holtby started the seasons’ first two games. Although Neuvirth stopped 24 shots during the game, it was three Senators shots in the final 21:23 of regulation to send the Caps out of Scotiabank Place a disappointed group of players. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Morning Skate Update & Audio for Jan. 24: Perreault “didn’t ask for trade”

Audio by Sky Kerstein

Froward Mathieu Perreault caused a little bit of a firestorm around Washington Capitals practice after it was revealed he expressed frustration about his playing time in two separate French-language newspapers following the Caps 4-2 loss to Winnipeg Tuesday night.

From RMNB:

“Whomever the coach is, every year it is the same story, and the GM doesn’t seem willing to change anything,” Perreault told Godin as translated by friend-of-the-blog Lindsey Novak. “Trade me if I am not part of your plans.”

Thursday morning Perreault had to explain his remarks to the local media. While he backtracked from his most provocative statements, he reiterated that he isn’t happy about his playing time, a total of 3:52 at Tampa Bay and 4:58 against Winnipeg. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Optional Practice Update & Audio for Jan. 23: Neuvirth in against Canadiens

ARLINGTON, VA–The Washington Capitals held their first optional practice today under Adam Oates at KCI as they prepare for the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night at Verizon Center.

The players who didn’t take part in practice Wednesday morning were Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Wojtek Wolski, Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Mike Green and Brooks Laich, who hasn’t practiced with the team this season.  Jack Hillen skated for about 20 minutes before practice, but came off the ice when practice started.

Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates says Laich (groin) is still skating on his own and they are being “cautious” with him.  Oates said there is no time-frame for Hillen’s (upper body) return.

Oates said Michal Neuvirth will make his first start of the season tomorrow at home against the Montreal Canadiens. [Read more…]

OPINION: First two games show Caps have long way to go

That home opener wasn’t exactly what we were looking for, eh?

It was bad enough when the Washington Capitals went down to Tampa Bay and had their doors blown off in the third period by the Lightning in both teams’ season opener. Everyone expected growing pains this season, with a one-week training camp, a third head coach in 14 months integrating his systems, and a four-month layoff due to the lockout. But after the Caps got the opener out of their systems, I think the expectations for opening night were higher.

The disappointment, then, of a 4-2 beating in the home opener by the Winnipeg Jets — the Caps second straight regulation loss to a division opponent — stings that much more. Combined with the lingering resentment about the lockout, if the Caps don’t right the ship quickly, things could spiral out of control quicker than they know what to do about it.

What’s worse, quotes from the locker room about lack of conditioning, energy, preparedness and communication are all the more troubling. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 2 Recap: Caps’ tank runs low in loss to Jets

While the Capitals had gone 259 days between home games at Verizon Center, Washington’s first chance to play in front of the home fans didn’t exactly go the way they wanted in a 4-2 loss to Winnipeg.

After taking an early lead, Washington allowed two power-play goals in the first period, giving the visitors – who played the day before in Boston – all the momentum as the Capitals lost their second game on the young season.

The defeat left the Caps frustrated and concerned with an apparent lack of energy despite the brand new campaign.

“I didn’t think we had the energy we needed tonight,” Matt Hendricks, who had one of the Capitals’ two goals as well as a pair of fights, said. “One of our keys to success was put them on their heels, put pucks in their end, get them to turn [it over], get them to work. They played last night and we didn’t make it look like that.” [Read more…]

CAPS: Brouwer shows Hendricks how to Gangnam style

This is simply fantastic.

Video from Washington Capitals’ Fan Appreciation at Verizon Center tonight…..

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