The Capitals have cracked the shutout thanks to a big shot by defenseman Christian Djoos, playing in his first ever NHL game.
The Caps third pairing of Chorness has struggled mightily in the opening three games of the season. So Wednesday, in an attempt to turn things around, Barry Trotz will give Swedish defenseman Christian Djoos a jersey in place of Taylor Chorney.
Tonight’s game will mark Djoos’s NHL debut – a nationally televised game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Djoos will become the second person in his family to play in the NHL. Per Djoos, his father, played 82 games in the NHL for the Rangers and Red Wings.
Saturday before their home opener, the Washington Capitals walked a red carpet before absolutely throttling the Montreal Canadiens 6-1. The players, arriving in Capitals-branded Lexuses, were escorted down the red carpet by a fan chosen by the team. The Caps signed autographs, took photos, and showed off their fanciest suits.
Thursday the Capitals open the 2017-18 season against the Ottawa Senators and one player is especially excited.
Andre Burakovsky, inspired by the team’s first road trip of the season, got out his phone and start filming his teammates as they boarded the team’s plane.
While the resulting footage is awkward, it’s also undeniably charming and funny too.
The Washington Capitals lined-up for their first practice of the regular season Tuesday and the team’s final roster is becoming clearer.
The Caps, who had 25 players at practice, must dispatch at least two skaters by 5 PM Tuesday.
Reader Jonathan Z. sent me an e-mail earlier this week spelling out why he thought Taylor Chorney should be cut instead of Christian Djoos or Aaron Ness. I agree with him. Here’s Jonathan in his own words:
The Capitals’ roster is down to eight defensemen, with one more cut expected before opening night. Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, John Carlson and Brook Orpik are locks. Madison Bowey is expected to make the team because he’s the only right-handed shot besides Niskanen and Carlson.
That means the Capitals need to cut Christian Djoos, Aaron Ness or Taylor Chorney.
Everyone seems to think it’s a foregone conclusion that Chorney will make the roster, but sending Chorney to Hershey while keeping Djoos and Ness makes sense for a few reasons, especially because Chorney has the biggest cap hit of these three players.
The New Jersey Devils came to town on Wednesday night for another preseason battle with the Caps. For the Caps, their opening night roster is starting to come into focus. The lineup against the Devils is the closest thing to a full lineup we’ve seen from the team this preseason.
Wednesday night was a big chance for a few players fighting for the final roster spots to make a favorable impression.
A few hours before the Capitals made the most recent set of training camp cuts, the boys took the ice for another preseason preseason practice. Split amongst the two rinks at Kettler Iceplex, the Caps held normal practice before taking the ice as a team and working on their special-teams units.
The Capitals will host the New Jersey Devils tonight at Capital One Arena. With only three more preseason games on the schedule, the regular season is upon us.
The Caps opened their preseason on Monday night against the Devils and lost 4-1. These preseason games are more meaningful than those in recent seasons, as the team has a lot of roster spots up for grabs.
Let’s talk preseason hockey, shall we?
The Washington Capitals released their Day One groups and practice times for training camp. And in a new twist, they also released the full lines and defensive pairings.
While the first day of camp is not revealing — it primarily consists of skate tests to see how fit players are after the offseason — Barry Trotz’s initial defensive pairings hint at which prospects have more of an inside track of making the team. The team has two open roster spots on defense that they need filled.
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