Head coach Barry Trotz just announced that defenseman John Carlson is doubtful for the Capitals’ next game against St. Louis.
Last Thursday, Carlson left practice early. According to CSN Mid-Atlantic, Trotz described that injury as a lower body issue which required some “maintenance.” On Sunday, Carlson was unable to finish the Caps’ 5-0 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers. Carlson left the game in the first period. Later, the Capitals announced that Carlson was questionable to return after suffering a lower body injury. It’s unclear if Carlson aggravated the original practice injury or when the injury occurred.
Karl Alzner recently took the chance to chill out – literally.
He stripped down to step into a cryotherapy chamber, where gaseous nitrogen is used to drop the temperature within the chamber to subzero temperatures of -200°F to -300°F for two to three minutes at a time. Proponents of cryotherapy say that the process helps to speed muscle recovery and release endorphins.
Five days ago, Alzner celebrated his milestone 500th consecutive game played – a franchise record.
Tuesday afternoon, former Capitals forward Brooks Laich shared a personal health tip to his followers on Instagram.
“I am a huge advocate of homemade organic juicing as many of you know,” Laich said. “For those of you who have inquired about what I put in my juices, here it is – kale, spinach, ginger, beets, celery, carrots, cucumbers, a lemon, tomato, apple, and a pear. I drink an 18oz juice every morning and @juleshough drinks a 12oz. The long term health benefits are incredible, but also you will have endless energy and positivity during the day! We use a @ceadovenezia juicer, would highly recommend it! Let me know what you put in your juices! ”
Laich would immediately regret asking as Alex Ovechkin would chime in with the following.
Monday afternoon the NHL announced its three stars of the week for the week ending January 15th. As part of that announcement, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has been selected as the league’s number one star. Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn were stars two and three.
Fresh off his 500th assist, Backstrom led the league in assists and point during the week of January 15th, with 7 assists and 10 points respectively. He is now 10th in scoring league wide, with 42 points in 43 games played.
This follows up Braden Holtby’s third star selection last week.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is a certified legend after tallying his 1,000th point last week. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have time for his people.
After tallying an assist in the Caps 5-0 win over the Flyers, Ovechkin met up with three members of the Montgomery Blue Devils hockey team in the Verizon Center parking deck. Of course he posed for an amazing picture.
As you already know, Comcast Sportsnet is the exclusive rights holder of Capitals television telecasts. What you might not know is that they hold the same rights for all Philadelphia Flyers broadcasts as well. Both of these CSN outlets have their own Twitter accounts and, boy, were they busy today.
Through 40 minutes, the Capitals led the Philadelphia Flyers by only one goal. That’s unusual for the Caps of late, as they have been running roughshod over teams during their nine-game winning streak. That would change fast in the third period and the CSN Capitals Twitter account let their sister station, know all about it.
The Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 at Verizon Center on Sunday. Not only did the victory vault the Capitals into first place of the Metro and NHL (again), it also marked the franchise’s 1,500th win.
The University of Denver’s hockey team, who features Team USA World Junior Championship hero Troy Terry, had an important game against Western Michigan, Friday night.
But preparation for the huge matchup got off to a rocky start when the team arrived to Kalamazoo on Thursday for practice. The team’s morning flight didn’t have enough room for all the gear so the hockey sticks were left behind.
Head Coach Jim Montgomery decided to have practice anyway. It was a site to behold.
Ahead of their 1pm matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals made a somewhat surprising recall Saturday afternoon. The Caps promoted center Chandler Stephenson from AHL Hershey.
Unless one of the Caps players is nursing an unknown injury, Stephenson is likely up to provide insurance for the Capitals ahead of their three-game road trip this week. The Caps also play in back-to-back games Sunday (Flyers) and Monday (at Pittsburgh). The Capitals have had 12 forwards on their roster since TJ Oshie returned from injury Wednesday against the Pens.
Last season, Stephenson played nine games in Washington. This is his first call-up since last October. Stephenson has been hot in Hershey lately, tallying seven points in his last eight games (two goals and five assists).
Friday night before the opening face-off, Ted Leonsis was greeting Capitals fans outside his Owner’s Box. After meeting one particularly charming young gentleman, Leonsis gave the tot’s entire family four lower bowl tickets. The family was originally set to sit three rows from the very top of Verizon Center.
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