On Monday, the Washington Capitals will play their first preseason game of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes. It will be televised on CSN Washington. No matter what the score, the Caps and Canes will experiment with the NHL’s new overtime format: five minutes of three-on-three hockey.
Over the weekend, Barry Trotz had his team go through three-on-three drills, giving the players an opportunity to get a feel for the open ice. He didn’t always use two forwards together with a defenseman.
On September 20, 2015, In News, Photos, By Ian Oland
Sunday afternoon, injured first-line center Nicklas Backstrom traveled to FedEx Field like Tom Wilson and Michael Latta did last week, to watch the Washington Redskins take on the St. Louis Rams. After a surprisingly drama-free week out of Ashburn, the Redskins won their first game of the season, 24-10, and are now 1-1.
Friday was Media Day at Kettler as the Capitals opened their 2015 Training Camp. Training Camp will last until October 6, by which time the final roster should be selected.
There are three groups hitting the ice the first few days of camp, which comprises a total of 64 players. The groups will start being “adjusted” starting Sunday, September 20th. Day One was focused on drills on the Arlington Rink, and skate tests on the Capitals Rink. As the rounds of players raced back and forth across the ice, their teammates crowded the benches and behind the glass to watch and support. Jay Beagle spent time after finishing his laps to stay on the ice to encourage his teammates. Gotta love this team.
Check out the photos from #CapsCamp Day One below:
Today, the prospects got a much needed day off before their final game Tuesday and spent it relaxing in the sun at Naples Beach. Liam O’Brienposted the above photo on Instagram with the caption, “We’re here for hockey.”
While the Caps rookies were playing in a prospect tournament in Florida on Saturday morning, the roster players, including new signees TJ Oshie and Justin Williams, took part in another informal skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Most of the team was present minus Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Laich (in LA for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards), Jason Chimera, Matt Niskanen, and the newly engaged Alex Ovechkin, who is expected to arrive on Monday.
The players ran their own drills and scrimmaged. Team White was buoyed by Justin William’s tiny son, Jaxon, who cheered his dad from the bench. Many Caps players took a quick liking to Jaxon as he operated as designated bench door opener for most of the game. He also kept his dad hydrated by squirting Gatorade.
Training camp doesn’t begin until Friday, but the Caps are already hard at work.