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Ovechkin, Backstrom arrive at Kettler

Ovechkin, Backstrom arrive at Kettler

Alex Ovechkin cruised into a parking space outside the entrance of Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday and stepped out of his blue Mercedes SL 65 sporting a closely shaved head.

A little later he hopped on the ice for an informal skate with teammates Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Ribeiro, Mike Green, Marcus Johansson, John Carlson, Michal Neuvirth, Wojtek Wolski, Mattias Sjogren and Stan Galiev.

With an NHL lockout possibly just 11 days away, several Capitals have been trickling into Arlington for hour-long skates at Kettler in hopes of starting the season on time.

NHL training camps are scheduled to open Sept. 21 but with no contract talks scheduled between the players union and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman there is a good chance the league will enter its second work stoppage in eight years at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

In this week's mailbag podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir answer several questions about the Caps' prospects and Hershey.

How does the future look on the farm? Plus, they talk about potential weaknesses, their biggest surprises and more!

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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