The Caps are finishing up their final practice before embarking on a stretch of eight games in which seven will be away from Verizon Center. It starts tomorrow in Nashville.
Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich are not on the ice right now. Michael Nylander, who missed the Penguins game with an upper-body injury, is out there. Here’s what the forwards look like:
UPDATE: Bruce Boudreau said Laich and Ovechkin were both resting aches and pains and will play tomorrow in Nashville. He said Nylander isn’t 100 percent, but he could play Thursday or Saturday.
Also of note, Boudreau said he hasn’t had a four-game losing streak in five years, since his time with Manchester in the AHL. More on how he’s dealing with his first bit of adversity as an NHL coach in tomorrow’s paper.
The Caps spent some time in practice today working on putting in “dirty goals.” If it seems like that has been a theme that has popped up a few times over the course of the season, it is because it has. This team doesn’t have a lot of guys who like to stand in front of the net and get beat up by defensemen. Sometimes the Caps need a little reminder from the coaching staff that they can’t score all highlight-quality goals and expect to win consistently.