October 30, 2014

Washington Capitals Practice Update & Audio for Feb. 6: Oates, Green & more

Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates mixed the lines up again at practice this Wednesday morning following another embarrassing home loss, this time to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. Oates has tried just about every line combination out there, but at the morning practice he actually had Alex Ovechkin designated on the second line right wing, along with Mike Ribeiro at center and Wojtek Wolski at left wing.

Marcus Johansson, after what was probably his strongest game this season, was moved up with Mick Backstrom and Troy Brouwer on the first line.

Oates talked about the multiple mental and communications mistakes in the loss to the Leafs.

“I think, in the course of a game, no one plays perfect any game and there’s going to be mental mistakes and how you handle what happens after them. You try to fix them all the time, but no one plays perfect.”

So how to you correct those mental mistakes?

“You fight through it. You stay with it. I don’t think there’s been a game we’ve been out of it in a long time. That shows they’re doing a lot of things correctly. Because of that you’re in the hockey game, right to the end.”

For Oates’ full comments, and those of Mike Green, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Roman Hamrlik, please click the links below.

02-06-13 Adam Oates Practice RAW

02-06-13 Mike Green Practice RAW

02-06-13 Troy Brouwer Practice RAW

02-06-13 Jason Chimera Practice RAW

02-06-13 Roman Hamrlik Practice RAW

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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