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Capitals goalie coach Mitch Korn taking time to consider future with team

Capitals goalie coach Mitch Korn taking time to consider future with team

Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters he will not make any changes to the coaching staff this offseason, but he may be forced to find a new goalie coach next season.

According to MacLellan, current goalie coach Mitch Korn is taking time to “ponder his future.”

“I think he's keeping it open whether he comes back,” MacLellan said. “He's talked a little bit about a consulting role.”

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Korn is extremely high regarded after a career working with goalies like Dominik Hasek, Pekka Rinne Grant Fuhr and Tomas Vokoun, among others. Barry Trotz brought Korn to Washington when he was hired as head coach in 2014 and he helped turn Capitals netminder Braden Holtby into a Vezina-caliber goalie. Holtby won the award as the league’s top goalie in 2015-16 and is again a finalist for the 2016-17 season. Korn has also helped develop Philipp Grubauer from prospect to budding NHL starter.

Losing Korn – who turns 60 in September – would be a significant blow for the Capitals, but one the team is already preparing for.

“We've been grooming Scott Murray for a goaltending coaching job, so the transition will happen,” MacLellan said. “I'm just not sure if it will be this year, next year or the year after. Mitch wants to spend more time at his home.”

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Want to witness history? Why Saturday's game is a good bet for Alex Ovechkin to score 700

Want to witness history? Why Saturday's game is a good bet for Alex Ovechkin to score 700

Alex Ovechkin is capable of scoring any time against any team, but if you're trying to pinpoint when history could happen and see goal No. 700, there are plenty of reasons to be watching Saturday's marquee matchup against the New Jersey Devils (1 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

In three games this season, Ovechkin has scored four times against New Jersey. On Jan. 16, he was bloodied by a high stick from Miles Wood and left for the locker room returning before the first period was up and scored twice. He did not just get mad, he got even and completed the hat trick in the third period.

Head coach Alain Nasreddine did not reveal who his starter would be in net on Friday, but it will be either MacKenzie Blackwood or Cory Schneider. Keep your fingers crossed for Schneider.

Schneider has not played an NHL game since Jan. 18 and was recalled from the AHL on Thursday most likely because Louis Domingue is headed out of town in a trade and the team wanted to protect the asset. Schneider has a 4.65 GAA and .852 save percentage in nine games. Ovechkin has also had plenty of success against him in the past, scoring eight times against the Devils netminder. He has only managed one goal on Blackwood, but it came this season on Dec. 12, 2019.

Ovechkin has a history of success against the Devils. In 56 games against New Jersey, Ovechkin scored in 22 of them. He has 29 total goals including two of his 28 career hat tricks against the Devils.

New Jersey ranks 30th in the NHL in goals against and, although they have improved in that area since Jan. 1, they still rank 21st in that time keeping the puck out of the net.

Add in the fact that the trade deadline firesale has already begun with the Devils shipping out Blake Coleman and captain Andy Greene in the past week, as well as Taylor Hall back in December, and this may be a team not ready to stop Ovechkin's march to history.

With Ovechkin on the verge of 700, there's no doubt that Saturday's marquee matchup (1 p.m., NBC Sports Washington) is one you won't want to miss.

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Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, makes an appearance during Capitals practice

Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, makes an appearance during Capitals practice

The Capitals had a special guest during their morning skate on Friday.

Alex Ovechkin's son, Sergei, got to pay his father a visit at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex.

Ovechkin carried his one-year-old around the ice and even put him down on the ice to practice his skills. Sergei had a mini stick of his own, almost like he was ready to play if needed.

No word yet on whether Sergei plans on declaring for the upcoming NHL draft, but the kid has already got some skills--and not to mention pretty good genes.

If you were having a bad day, this moment between Ovechkin and his son will certainly cheer you up!

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