Player News - Capitals

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Alex Ovechkin struggled on Saturday despite scoring the winning goal in the shootout.

Coach Barry Trotz asked assistant coach Blaine Forsythe who should take the third shot and Forsythe said Ovechkin. Ovechkin was only two-for-16 last season in the shootout so he was no sure thing but scored for the first time this season in two opportunities.
Oct 19 - 10:03 AM

Dmitry Orlov said on Saturday that he has a lot more flexibility in his wrist.

Orlov underwent off-season surgery on his wrist which was broken during the World Championships in May. It is a lot better than two weeks ago according to Orlov so he could be getting close to a return.
Oct 19 - 9:59 AM

Brooks Laich suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury Saturday night.

The Capitals winger collided with Panthers forward Shawn Thornton. He played 13:25 and had two shots on goal before departing. Laich has missed 70 games over the past two seasons. Coach Barry Trotz said he will give an update on Laich’s health Monday.
Oct 19 - 12:55 AM

Jason Chimera tickled the twine for the Capitals in their 2-1 shootout win against the Panthers on Saturday night.

Chimera’s goal was his first point of the season. Though he had a solid night with five shots on goal and two penalty minutes, he’s nothing but a depth forward for Washington. Eric Fehr and Joel Ward picked up the helpers.
Oct 18 - 11:44 PM

Justin Peters made 20 saves in the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout win Saturday night.

The Capitals just might have their goaltending situation figured out this season. Braden Holtby has the ability to be a very good number one, while Peters fits the mold as a steady backup. He has a 1.50 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season. The Capitals are 3-0-2.
Oct 18 - 11:44 PM

Alex Ovechkin has taken to heart playing in the defensive zone for perhaps the first time in his career.

Ovechkin has always been lacking in his own zone but that is not the case this season under new head coach Barry Trotz. "There were times in the past where he would be at 50 percent if he didn’t have [the puck]," said Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. "You’ve seen him blocking shots, picking up guys on the backcheck. He’s in the right spots when we don’t have the puck in the defensive zone and in breakouts. He’s made a commitment to a 200-foot game and you can see it’s not taking away from his offense. He’s really had the puck a lot and has had chances and speed on the rush. He’s done a lot of the thing that you want your captain to do." If Ovechkin continues to play at both ends of the rink his Hart Trophy consideration will go skyward.
Oct 18 - 10:44 AM

Dmitry Orlov (wrist) is still not practicing with the Washington Capitals.

The broken wrist the defenseman suffered during the World Championships in May was apparently a bad one, and he was having difficulty even handling a stick recently. There is still no timetable for his return.
Oct 18 - 10:40 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been seeing time on the fourth line this season.

Kuznetsov has been playing alongside Liam O'Brien and Chris Brown, not exactly Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri of the current NHL. But Kuznetsov is averaging less than a dozen minutes of action and that will increase once coach Barry Trotz is comfortable enough to place him on a top-two line. In the meantime, try to stash Kuznetsov on your reserve squad.
Oct 18 - 10:38 AM

Look for Justin Peters to get a start in net for Washington in the next two games.

Braden Holtby has played well between the pipes for the Capitals but coach Barry Trotz needs to get Peters some game action. "In the next two games, how’s that?" Trotz said when queried when Peters will play.
Oct 18 - 10:33 AM

Jay Beagle (upper body) is close to returning to action.

Beagle has yet to suit up this season and his delay in getting into the lineup has been the excellent play of the fourth line. Coach Barry Trotz does not need to rush him back and is taking his time getting him into the lineup. Look for Beagle to play during the Capitals Western Canada swing that starts on Wednesday in Edmonton.
Oct 18 - 10:31 AM

Tom Wilson (ankle) could return to action in as early as a week.

Wilson broke his ankle in a freak accident in the off-season and the feisty winger is getting close to a return. He should be good for 10 points this season with 130-140 penalty minutes.
Oct 18 - 10:20 AM

Brooks Orpik had two assists in Washington's 6-2 win on Thursday.

It was Orpik's first and second points of the 2014-15 campaign. He's more of a defensive defenseman and consequently doesn't have much value in standard leagues.
Oct 17 - 6:00 AM

Mike Green continued his hot start to the season with two assists in Washington's 6-2 win over New Jersey on Thursday night.

Green now has two goals and five points in three games during the first week of the season. The up-and-down blueliner who had 76 points in 75 games in 2009-10 only had 57 points in 114 games in the following three seasons. Green rebounded with 38 points in 70 games last season, and early on in 2014-15, looks like he might have a shot at rediscovering his elite scoring touch.
Oct 16 - 11:45 PM

Braden Holtby and the Caps cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Devils on Thursday night, as the 25-year-old made 26 saves for the win.

Holtby has been superb this season, save for a brief, forgettable performance on Tuesday night versus San Jose. The Lloydminster, Sask. native is 2-0-1 this season with a .932 save percentage and 1.85 goals against average.
Oct 16 - 11:42 PM

Troy Brouwer practiced alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on Wednesday.

That's quite an upgrade over Brouwer's old linemates of Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson. The Capitals lines are bound to change frequently over the course of the season, but Brouwer's fantasy value is temporarily higher as long as he's on Washington's first line.
Oct 16 - 9:07 AM

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