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Madison Bowey, Jakub Vrana share interesting pregame ritual

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Madison Bowey, Jakub Vrana share interesting pregame ritual

T.J. Oshie likes to wake all of his teammates on the behind with his stick during warmups. Braden Holtby has his whole focus routine. Madison Bowey and Jakub Vrana like to...hold hands?

Professional athletes are known for having strange superstitions and rituals. Capitals rookies Bowey and Vrana are no exception. But theirs is unique in that it involves one another and is not a solitary practice.

Whenever Bowey and Vrana take the ice, whether it be for pregame warmups or before each period, they always come onto the ice together holding hands.

"He's always going in front of me and I go behind him and we kind of like hold the hands and just try to shake and skate on the ice together," Vrana said after a practice.

"It's like our game ritual or something."

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When the Capitals come onto the ice, they walk single file from the locker room. Bowey is always in front of Vrana and the two are always holding hands with Bowey extending his hand behind him to the following Vrana.

You can see the two taking the ice hand in hand in here before the team's game against the Florida Panthers:

Anything to get an advantage, right?

"We're pretty good buddies off the ice," Bowey said. "Obviously, we've been together for the past two, three years now. It's I think just kind of something that we just are kind of going with right now."

This is not the first year the two have been teammates. They played together the past two seasons with the Hershey Bears in the AHL. Clearly, they developed a bond during that time, but this isn't a ritual they brought with them from Hershey. This is something new they came up with in Washington.

"One game we were just trying to get each other going a little bit and I lent my hand out and he gave me a little high five," Bowey said. "Now it just kind of carried on a little bit longer."

"He wanted to give me high five so from beginning we just do the high five," Vrana said, "And then lately I was like holding his hand and he didn't let it go and we just skate in the ice together."

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This new ritual has now carried on for several weeks. For a while, it was working. With only one point for Vrana in the past 13 games, however, Bowey admitted they may need to change things up.

Vrana, however, sounds committed.

"We just think it's funny, but we do it every time."

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Capitals at Wild: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Capitals at Wild: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Capitals head to the midwest Sunday to take on the Minnesota Wild. The Caps' offense struggled against the Jets on Thursday, but as new players continue to gel and with the celebration of Alex Ovechkin’s 700th goal behind them, all eyes will be on the Caps to see what they do next. 

Here is everything you need to know about the matchup, which takes place at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.

CAPITALS VS. WILD GAME 65: HOW TO WATCH 

WHAT: Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild

Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

When: Sunday, March 1, 7:00 E.T. 

TV Channel: The Capitals at Wild game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Wild on NBC Sports Washington's Live stream page and on the NBC Sports App

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS at WILD: INJURY REPORT

Wild: Luke Kunin: Upper-body

Wild: Carson Soucy: Upper-body

CAPITALS vs. WILD TV SCHEDULE 

7:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

7:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

8:00 PM: Capitals vs. Jets (LIVE)

10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live 

11:00 PM: Chasing Greatness

11:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS at WILD: PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (43-17-60): Fresh off the celebration of his 700th goal, everyone will be looking to Ovi to keep the energy going. 

Jared Spurgeon, D, Wild, (10-18-28): Since Jan. 18, Spurgeon has scored eight goals, the most among NHL defensemen. The Caps need to keep an eye on him, both the defense and offense. 

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New Capital Brenden Dillon doesn't miss a beat during pregame handshakes

New Capital Brenden Dillon doesn't miss a beat during pregame handshakes

Prior to Thursday night's game against the Jets, the Capitals got ready by partaking in a pregame ritual of handshakes, and it seems new Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon already has it down.

The Capitals are already known for having an impressive number of pregame handshakes, but with the addition of Dillion at the trade deadline, it seems things have become even more complicated. 

In the video of a hallway at Winnipeg's stadium, Dillon is seen fist-bumping a few of his teammates, fixing his hair with Carl Hagelin, giving a little more intricate handshake to Tom Wilson and tapping sticks with Alex Ovechkin. 

While all of this is going on, more players in the back of the video start doing their own handshakes. Glad to see Dillon fitting in so well with his new teammates.

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