Player News - Capitals

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Braden Holtby stopped 31 of 33 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory against Buffalo Monday night.

Holtby snapped a three-game losing streak to pick up his 11th victory of the campaign. He has a 2.14 GAA and .923 save percentage in 19 games.
Dec 5 - 10:40 PM

Marcus Johansson scored two goals, including the overtime marker, in Washington's 3-2 win over Buffalo Monday night.

Those were Johansson's 10th and 11th goals in 24 games this season. To give that some context, he has never scored more than 20 markers in a single campaign, so he's currently on pace to shatter his personal best. He also remarkably already has five game winners. Jay Beagle scored Washington's other goal. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Justin Williams, Daniel Winnik, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, and Brooks Orpik each registered an assist.
Dec 5 - 10:31 PM

Brett Connolly will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Sabres.

Connolly has played in Washington's last eight games and only recorded two points (they both came in the same game). Nate Schmidt will also serve as a healthy scratch against Buffalo.
Dec 5 - 6:40 PM

T.J. Oshie (shoulder) might make his return this week.

Oshie has been practicing with the Capitals and seems to be upbeat about the progress he's made. He's looking to engage in more contact during practice, though that's ultimately not his call.
Dec 5 - 12:35 PM

Braden Holtby will probably start for Washington on Monday.

Holtby is looking to snap a three-game losing streak. He has a 10-6-2 record, 2.16 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 18 contests this season.
Dec 5 - 11:52 AM

John Carlson has yet to score this season.

The offensive defenseman has played 23 games with nine assists thus far but is second on the Capitals in shots on goal with 57. He had eight goals and 39 points in only 56 games last season so his lack of production is a concern to his fantasy owners. "Carly is such a talent, and I think this one of the few times in Carly’s career, which is sort of good for Carly in fact, it’s not coming really easy for him," coach Barry Trotz said. "He got off to a slow start, a little bit nicked up through the World Cup and the start of our season, and now he’s playing catch-up. Now, maybe you’re not having the success that you’ve had in the past. I don’t want to say doubt creeps in, but you start to look for different ways to have success and different ways to do that. Sometimes, as I said, the doubt creeps in or you get frustrated. When you’re frustrated, it’s just not a good energy."
Dec 5 - 10:00 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov was pointless for the fourth straight game.

Kuznetsov has not had a good season at all after a 20 goal, 77 point performance last year. He has only three goals and nine points in 23 contests and certainly has been a sore spot for his fantasy owners this season. You have to keep him but it would be nice if he could start contributing.
Dec 4 - 10:56 AM

Braden Holtby dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night, but he was impressive nonetheless with a save percentage of .970.

Holtby faced 33 shots and let only one get past him for his best outing since a shutout win over the Red Wings November 18th. Unfortunately, this is his third straight loss and his fourth in the past five games.
Dec 3 - 11:49 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-tying goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 6:24 mark of the third period before the Bolts eventually prevailed 2-1 in a shootout.

Backstrom has been a little uneven in recent games. He failed to score a point in two of his previous three attempts and had just two goals in his previous six efforts after he racked up five points versus Pittsburgh on Nov. 16. Still, this was his seventh goal of the season and his 21st point in 23 games.
Dec 3 - 11:11 PM

Daniel Winnik and Taylor Chorney will be scratched against the Lightning on Saturday.

Winnik has seen just 15 games-worth of action this season, posting just four points with little else to his credit. Chorney has just three games of action himself. So neither have much fantasy value.
Source: Corey Long
Dec 3 - 5:39 PM

Paul Carey will skate on the third line against Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Carey will skate to the left of Lars Eller and Justin Williams. The 27-year-old has just two points in 27 career NHL games, so despite his quality of linemates, we wouldn't expect much from him unfortunately.
Source: Corey Long
Dec 3 - 5:37 PM

Stop the presses, the Capitals will go with Braden Holtby against the Lightning on Saturday.

Holtby has been in a rare slide lately, allowed 10 goals and winning just once over his last four starts. For the season he rocks a .919 save percentage and a 2.23 GAA.
Dec 3 - 4:03 PM

T.J. Oshie (shoulder) will not travel with the Capitals to Tampa Bay.

Oshie had previously been ruled out of Saturday's contest, but if you needed further confirmation you now have it. The good news is that Oshie said that Friday's the best he felt yet, so it sounds like he's continuing to make progress.
Dec 2 - 2:04 PM

Paul Carey (illness) practiced with the Capitals on Friday.

Carey didn't practice or play on Thursday due to the disease, but if he's healthy enough to be on the ice Friday then he's probably fine going forward. He's only played in one game with the Capitals so far this season.
Dec 2 - 11:42 AM

Jakub Vrana logged 10:16 minutes of ice time in his NHL debut on Thursday.

Vrana took four shots on goal, but like the rest of the Capitals he couldn't generate anything offensively in the 3-0 loss to the Islanders. "It was a new experience and I had a great feeling out there," he said. "I had a few shots, they just miss. It kind of hurts to end up the game [with a loss] like this." He's got a lot of upside and is certainly worth keeping an eye on for as long as he's with the Capitals.
Dec 2 - 11:40 AM


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