Travis Boyd is extremely low-key. He’s a bottom-six ninja.
In his media availability on Thursday morning, Caps head coach Todd Reirden set expectations for tonight’s round-robin game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Travis Boyd will step into the lineup, but less is certain about John Carlson.
During an intrasquad scrimmage featuring all active members of the Capitals Phase 3 roster, Ovechkin tallied the only goal for Team White. Team Red was victorious 3-1.
Washington Capitals forward Travis Boyd lives with his girlfriend Kelsey DeGonda and their daughter Hayden. Just like Alex Ovechkin, Boyd collects hockey memorabilia and has begun decorating his place with special hockey gear.
“Travis has always wanted to have a man cave filled with hockey memorabilia,” Kelsey said in an interview. “Last summer, he started by getting a jersey framed from everywhere he has played. Ever since the Stanley Cup photos came out, I know he really wanted to frame a picture of himself with the Stanley Cup so I thought it would be special and unique to do a painting instead of just framing a picture.”
So Kelsey reached out to local painter of the (hockey) stars, Taylor Kampa Olson of TKO Paintings. Taylor’s done commission work for Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, the Oshies, Tom Wilson, Lars Eller, and Carl Hagelin.
“It was a week before Valentine’s Day,” Kelsey said. “I kept seeing portraits being done by Taylor and I loved her work so I asked her if she would be willing to do that for me as a surprise gift to Travis. She said yes.”
Travis Boyd hasn’t gotten a ton of playing time lately, but he made his appearance in Monday’s game against the Canadiens count with a galaxy-brain bank shot off the skate of Jeff Petry.
Boyd got a jersey due to Alex Ovechkin’s one-game suspension.
Carl Hagelin and Nic Dowd will both miss tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Both remain out with upper-body injuries.
Ilya Samsonov gave up four goals on 39 shots during the Capitals’ 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Friday.
Saturday morning, the Caps’ backup netminder was sent down to Hershey, but not for the reason you might think.
Richard Panik will draw back into the Capitals lineup Monday against the Arizona Coyotes. Before signing a four-year contract with the Capitals in July, Panik played two seasons with the Coyotes. He had 33 points in 75 games last year.
“I’m really excited,” Panik said after practice. “It’s been a long road but finally I’m 100 percent. I’m excited to jump on the running train.”
Panik, out injured since October 15 with an upper-body injury, began skating without a no-contact injury last Tuesday. To make room for Panik back on the roster, the Capitals optioned Travis Boyd and Tyler Lewington, who was put on waivers Sunday, down to the Hershey Bears.
The Washington Capitals have not played since Sunday and since then, the team has gotten healthier.
Richard Panik, who’s on longterm injured reserve due to an upper-body injury that he suffered on October 16, returned to the ice Tuesday for practice and shed his no-contact jersey. Meanwhile, Nic Dowd is nearing a return after suffering a lower-body injury against the Leafs on October 29.
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