Capitals hold practice at home before Winter Classic
The Capitals are in the home stretch before the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 against the Penguins at Heinz Field. They will travel to Pittsburgh later today, two days early as opposed to their usual schedule of flying out the day before. But Coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't believe that the extra day in a visiting city, the hoopla or the attendance of additional family and friends will rattle the players at this point.
"We're going in two nights [early], only because we have a practice there. If I had my druthers we'd be going in tomorrow morning and practicing, but we're not," Boudreau said. "As far as the family and friends, I'm sure on both sides it's going to be a distraction, let alone the weather and everything else. Everybody's been so excited about it, I don't think anything less than a typhoon is going to curb the excitement of the guys. They're not going to be using fatigue, family, friends, weather as an excuse."
Here are a few quick notes from practice at KCI, which was packed to the gills with about 1,500 fans wishing the Capitals well before they head to Pittsburgh.
--Forward line combinations and defensive pairings were the same as at the outdoor skate on Wednesday. They are:
--Matt Bradley (broken finger) skated before the rest of the team with Caps strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish.
| December 30, 2010; 12:48 PM ET
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