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Capitals players were skating for a long time before the official start of camp Sunday. But their most recent game experience varies. Here's how each guy spent the NHL lockout
Cameron Schilling likes to play it safe. He bought clothes with his first paycheck from the Washington Capitals, and he drives a used Audi.
The common refrain much of this season was that the Washington Capitals were too talented to play so inconsistently. Too talented to be in danger of missing the playoffs.
Braden Holtby just stared. It was Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, and Rich Peverley slashed him across the left arm. The Washington Capitals' rookie goaltender didn't flinch.
Braden Holtby's mask wasn't supposed to be a metaphor.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby handles the puck better than some skaters and likes to leave his crease. But as coach Dale Hunter has pointed out, it's a risk-reward part of his game that sometimes comes up snake-eyes.
Coach Dale Hunter billed it as not just a playoff game, but like a "Game 7" of a playoff series. It's a mantra that begs for play as if there's no tomorrow.
Mike Green was a Norris Trophy candidate two years ago on the strength of his offense.
Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee doesn't mind Mike Knuble showing some frustration about not being in the lineup. That the 39-year-old alternate captain pointed out, "You want to go somewhere where you're going to play and you're going to contribute to the team," is a sign of his competitive nature as much as anything else.