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The plan is to have Andre Burakovsky play in two games with AHL Hershey.

Burakovsky has been a healthy scratch in five of Washington's last six games, so this will give him a chance to play. The Capitals decided not to loan Burakovsky to Sweden for the World Juniors, which obviously would have allowed him to log big minutes in a high stakes environment.
Dec 19 - 1:18 PM

Andre Burakovsky has been sent to AHL Hershey.

Burakovsky has been a healthy scratch in five of Washington's last six games. This is less than a week after the Washington Capitals decided not to loan Burakovsky to Team Sweden for the World Juniors. He has four goals and 13 points in 26 games this season.
Dec 19 - 11:46 AM

Braden Holtby improved to 13-7-5 this season by making 22 saves on 26 shots in a 5-4 overtime victory over Columbus on Thursday night.

Holtby has earned the Caps at least a point in his past seven starts, and Thursday night was the first time in that span he allowed more than three goals in a game. Holtby has a .914 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average.
Dec 18 - 11:19 PM

Eric Fehr had a goal and an assist on Thursday night, scoring the overtime winner to lift Washington over Columbus 5-4.

Fehr has seven goals and 12 points through 28 games this season. Fehr has been hot lately with three goals in his past four games. Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Michael Latta and Mike Green also had two point nights for the Caps.
Dec 18 - 11:16 PM

Andre Burakovsky is a healthy scratch on Thursday against Columbus.

Burakovsky was the Capitals' first round pick in 2013. Jack Hillen is also a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Dec 18 - 7:22 PM

John Carlson has been putting in extra work before the Capitals' practices lately.

Carlson has been working one-on-one with assistant coach Todd Reirden. It's seemed to pay off as Carlson has been more effective defensively over the last few weeks and remains one of the league's top defensemen offensively. He has four goals and 22 points in 30 games this season. "His growth has exponentially shown improvement," Reirden said. "I'm really happy with how his game's come along. He, by his choice, has made extra effort to work on different areas of his game. The work he's putting in with video now that he maybe hasn't done before, spending extra time with me and on his own doing that. I think his practice habits are quite different from going back to training camp. I think he's understanding the importance of trying to improve every day."
Dec 18 - 11:43 AM

Nicklas Backstrom had an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to Florida on Tuesday.

Backstrom has six points in his last four games, including Saturday's hat trick. That brings him up to eight goals and 31 points in 30 contests this season. He also went 0-for-2 in the longest shootout in NHL history.
Dec 17 - 9:44 AM

Troy Brouwer's power play marker was the only Washington goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Panthers on Tuesday night.

Brouwer has now tallied nine times on the season with four of those markers coming with the man advantage. Nicklas Backstroke and Alex Ovechkin each picked up an assist on the goal.
Dec 16 - 11:27 PM

Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 29 shots against the Panthers Tuesday night, but was saddled with a loss in a 2-1 shootout defeat.

Holtby has been sensational for the past few weeks and played well enough to win in this outing, but didn't receive the proper support from his teammates. Not only did he keep the Panthers at bay through 65 minutes of action, but he also stopped 14 of 20 shootout attempts in what was the longest shootout in NHL history. His records falls to 12-7-5 with the loss while his GAA now stands at 2.31 and his save percentage is .917.
Dec 16 - 11:21 PM

Jason Chimera will skate on Washington's fourth line on Tuesday night against the Panthers.

After being a healthy scratch for Saturday's game, Chimera will skate to the left of Michael Latta and Jay Beagle on the Caps' fourth line. It's tough to recommend any of them as viable fantasy options, however.
Dec 16 - 7:06 PM

Braden Holtby will start Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers.

Washington continues to flip-flop with the New York Rangers for the third playoff slot in the Metro division. With a razor thin 33-32 point lead, a win tonight could go a long way towards building a buffer.
Dec 16 - 5:54 PM

Andre Burakovsky might serve as a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

That's based on the fact that Burakovsky stayed on the ice later than most of his teammates Tuesday morning. Jason Chimera spent Saturday's game in the press box, but he'll be back in the lineup Tuesday night, so someone needs to be taken out to accommodate that.
Dec 16 - 3:23 PM

Braden Holtby will start for Washington on Tuesday.

Holtby has already started in 23 of Washington's 29 contests this season. He has a 2.38 GAA and .915 save percentage in 2014-15.
Dec 16 - 2:54 PM

Andre Burakovsky won't be loaned to Team Sweden for the World Juniors.

That's not surprising, but the Capitals have now eliminated all doubt. Burakovsky has four goals and 13 points in 26 games this season.
Dec 15 - 3:03 PM

Tom Wilson had a couple of assists and a fight in Washington's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay Saturday.

Wilson fought the Lightning's Brenden Morrow 1:41 into the first period and then set up two of Nicklas Backstrom's natural hat trick goals to go plus-two in the game. Wilson only played 11:09 but accomplished a lot in limited action as he sees first line time but no tome on the power play. Wilson has two goals and nine points in 19 games with 60 penalty minutes. Get him in your lineup if you play the penalty minutes category.
Dec 14 - 9:42 AM

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