Brooks Orpik's first experience with hockey came in a preseason game involving Caps goalie Pat Riggin.
The Capitals are allowing fewer shots and blocking more. Players say there are lots of reasons.
Jill Sorenson reports from Capitals practice where forward Jay Beagle is working towards making his season debut.

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Who will lead the NHL in scoring this season?
    10/19B. LaichShoulder (day-to-day)
    10/7J. BeagleUpper-body injury (IR)
    10/7D. OrlovWrist (IR)
    10/7A. VolpattiNeck (IR)
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    Full Schedule
    10/18vs. FlaW 2-1
    10/16vs. NJW 6-2
    10/14vs. SJL 5-6
    10/11BosW 4-0
    10/9vs. MonL 1-2
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    Capitals - Team News
    John Erskine - D
    John Erskine sustained an undisclosed injury during Tuesday's practice. Erskine hasn't played yet this season and has no fantasy value in standard leagues when he's healthy. He's day-to-day for now.
    Oct 21 5:17PM Read More
    Tom Wilson - W
    Tom Wilson has been assigned to the minors. He missed the first five games of this season with an ankle injury, but he's ready to return and will get back into game shape in the AHL with Hershey. Wilson is poised to...
    Oct 20 4:39PM Read More
    Jay Beagle - W
    Jay Beagle (upper body) is expected to come off injure reserve and play Wednesday against... Beagle skated with Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson at practice Monday and could start there in Brooks Laich's place. He was hurt in the preseason.
    Oct 20 4:32PM Read More
    Brooks Laich - C
    Brooks Laich will miss Washington's three-game road trip in Western Canada because of an... He will head onto injured reserve. "Not too serious but serious enough where I don't think he will be quite effective enough in the three games," coach Barry...
    Oct 20 4:28PM Read More
    Alex Ovechkin - W
    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...
    Oct 19 10:03AM Read More
    Dmitry Orlov - D
    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...
    Oct 19 9:59AM Read More
    Brooks Laich - C
    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...
    Oct 19 12:55AM Read More
    Jason Chimera - W
    Jason Chimera tickled the twine for the Capitals in their 2-1 shootout win against the Panthers... 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...
    Oct 18 11:44PM Read More
    Justin Peters - G
    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...
    Oct 18 11:44PM Read More
    Alex Ovechkin - W
    Alex Ovechkin has taken to heart playing in the defensive zone for perhaps the first time in... 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...
    Oct 18 10:44AM Read More
    Dmitry Orlov - D
    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...
    Oct 18 10:40AM Read More
    Evgeny Kuznetsov - C
    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...
    Oct 18 10:38AM Read More
    Justin Peters - G
    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?"...
    Oct 18 10:33AM Read More
    Jay Beagle - W
    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...
    Oct 18 10:31AM Read More
    Tom Wilson - W
    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...
    Oct 18 10:20AM Read More

    Team Stats

    Washington Capitals Regular Season Stats
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    Skater Stats
    RWAlex Ovechkin5516
    CNicklas Backstrom5145
    LW* Andre Burakovsky5235
    DMike Green4235
    RWTroy Brouwer5134
    DJohn Carlson5044
    CEvgeny Kuznetsov5033
    RWJoel Ward5213
    RWEric Fehr5022
    CMarcus Johansson5202
    Goaltender Stats
    Braden Holtby41941.85201
    Justin Peters21201.50101
    * = Rookie Player
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