Capitals Insider: John Erskine


Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Capitals season review: Defensemen

A look at the Capitals’ blue-liners.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, connor carrick, Defense, Defensemen, Dmitry Orlov, Jack Hillen, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Nate Schmidt

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/30/2014

Mikhail Grabovski will return to Capitals’ lineup in Nashville

Notes from the morning skate

By Katie Carrera  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Preds, Injuries, Jack Hillen, John Erskine, Julien Brouillette, Mikahil Grabovski

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/08/2014

Jaroslav Halak to make Capitals debut against Phoenix

Notes from the Caps’ Saturday morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Coyotes, Groin injuries, Injuries, Jaroslav Halak, John Erskine, Mikhail Grabovski

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Capitals without Brooks Laich and John Erskine against Bruins

The Caps will be without two veterans in Boston Thursday.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Bruins, Groin injuries, Injuries, John Erskine

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Adam Oates: Caps need John Erskine ‘to be able to move’

After sitting out the final two games before the break as a healthy scratch, John Erskine is back in the mix.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:39 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, John Erskine

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/08/2014

Capitals need focus for final game before Olympic break

News and notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, John Erskine, Lineups

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Capitals will have inexperienced defense against Jets

Washington’s third pairing against the Jets will have a combined one game of NHL experience.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Defense, Injuries, John Erskine, Julien Brouillette, Mike Green, Patrick Wey, Roster moves

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Alex Ovechkin to miss second game with groin injury

News and notes from the morning skate in Newark.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Devils, Groin injuries, Injuries, John Erskine, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 loss in Pittsburgh

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ loss to the Penguins.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, connor carrick, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, John Erskine, Marcus Johansson

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Capitals won’t retool struggling penalty kill

Penalty killers are focusing on preventing shots from getting through, rather than traffic in front.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Czech Olympic team, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Martin Erat, Michal Neuvirth, Penalty Kill, Sochi 2014

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-4 shootout win over the Flyers

Notes and observations from the Capitals win over the Flyers.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:35 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Flyers, Defense, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, John Erskine, Mike Green, Mikhail Grabovski, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/14/2013

Erik Gudbranson won’t face supplemental discipline for hit against Eric Fehr

The Panthers defenseman won’t receive a suspension for his hit on Eric Fehr.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, Eric Fehr, Injuries, John Erskine, Michal Neuvirth, Practice update

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/12/2013

John Erskine nearing return to Capitals’ lineup

The veteran defenseman says he hopes to be back in the lineup at some point over the next week.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, Injuries, John Erskine

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Eric Fehr confident, making most of his time on Capitals’ second line

Notes from the Capitals morning skate

By Katie Carrera  |  11:45 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Canes, Eric Fehr, Injuries, John Erskine, Lineups, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 11/20/2013

John Erskine still working to regain strength, no timeline for a return

Capitals defenseman still has a ways to go in rebuilding the strength in his surgically-repaired knee.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, John Erskine

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Mike Green won’t play against Penguins

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Pens, Injuries, John Erskine, Lineups, Mike Green

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Mike Green hopes to be ready to face Penguins (updated)

Notes from the Capitals’ practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:46 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, John Erskine, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Capitals recall Dmitry Orlov and Michael Latta, John Erskine on LTI (updated)

Washington brings up some new faces to join the big club for its first practice back from a road trip.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dmitry Orlov, Hershey Bears, John Erskine, Michael Latta, Roster moves

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/16/2013

John Erskine to miss third consecutive game; projected lineups for Capitals and Rangers

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Injuries, John Erskine

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Capitals lines the same ahead of Edmonton matchup; John Erskine skates (updated)

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:26 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Oilers, Injuries, John Erskine, Lineups

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/11/2013

John Erskine injured, Nate Schmidt recalled; Connor Carrick, Michael Latta sent to Hershey

Nate Schmidt is expected to make his NHL debut Saturday against the Avalanche.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  connor carrick, Hershey Bears, Injuries, John Erskine, Michael Latta, Nate Schmidt, Roster moves

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Capitals defenseman John Erskine prepares for top-four workload once again

Coach Adam Oates on John Erskine: “He’s not losing his job. He’s not. It’s not even up for grabs. He’s top four on our team.”

By Katie Carrera  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Calle Johansson, John Erskine, Preseason, Training Camp

Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 shootout win in Philadelphia

Joel Rechlicz scores the game-winner, John Erskine’s place in the lineup and more.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:55 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Eric Fehr, Five thoughts, Joel Rechlicz, John Erskine, Michal Neuvirth, Preseason

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Top questions facing the Capitals heading into training camp

A look at some of the top questions the Caps will answer over 18 days of training camp and eight preseason games.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Dmitry Orlov, Eric Fehr, Jack Hillen, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, John Erskine, Martin Erat, Steve Oleksy, Tom Wilson, Tomas Kundratek, Training Camp

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Capitals season review: Defensemen

A look at the season that was for the Capitals' defensemen and what the future might hold.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dmitry Orlov, Jack Hillen, Jeff Schultz, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, offseason, Season breakdown, Steve Oleksy, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Capitals prepared to contend with Rangers' forecheck

The Rangers play with an extremely aggressive forecheck but the Capitals believed that they're prepared to counteract it thanks to Coach Adam Oates's fast-moving defensive system.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:29 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Playoffs, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Capitals' loss to Senators offers potential playoff preview, animosity and all

Thursday's game didn't have any greater meaning for the Capitals, but it did offer a look at what a first-round playoff matchup against Ottawa might look like.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:48 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Sens, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 07:21 AM ET, 04/24/2013

John Erskine's key saves in Caps' win against Winnipeg

John Erskine comes up big in the Capitals' 5-3 win over the Jets by playing goalie.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:21 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Jets, Jason Chimera, John Erskine, Matt Hendricks

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Open thread: Capitals at Hurricanes

Discuss the game as the Capitals take on the Hurricanes and get caught up on all the moves that altered the defense today.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:58 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Defense, Dmitry Orlov, John Erskine, Open Thread, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/02/2013

John Erskine a game-time decision against Carolina (updated)

The Capitals are sticking with the same line combinations for Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes, defensive lineup still uncertain.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, John Erskine, Practice update

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Alex Ovechkin asks to leave practice early, Eric Fehr skates briefly

Notes from the Capitals' practice before the team leaves for Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, John Erskine, Line combinations, Practice update, Tom Poti, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Jack Hillen sick, John Erskine doesn't take part in practice drills (updated)

Just as the Capitals blue line seemed to be getting healthy, two defensemen didn't take part in Thursday's practice in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:56 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Jack Hillen, John Erskine, Mathieu Perreault, Practice update, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/25/2013

John Erskine, Tomas Kundratek and Tom Poti all make appearance at optional skate (updated)

Injured defensemen John Erskine and Tomas Kundratek both took part in an optional skate Monday in Arlington. Tom Poti, who is also on injured reserve, skated briefly before the workout began.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, John Erskine, Optional practice, Practice update, Tom Poti, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Tomas Kundratek tests right leg, Braden Holtby to start against Sabres

Tomas Kundratek skates briefly, Matt Hendricks is ready to play against Sabres and other notes from the Caps optional skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, John Erskine, Matt Hendricks, Practice update, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Capitals recall Cameron Schilling; John Erskine and Tom Poti out against Hurricanes

The Capitals have recalled defenseman Cam Schilling and it looks like he will play tonight against the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cam Schilling, Caps-Canes, Defense, Injuries, John Erskine, Line combinations, Tom Poti

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 03/11/2013

What John Erskine's absence means for the Capitals

It's uncertain how much time John Erskine will miss but his absence certainly will leave a large role for the Capitals to fill.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:11 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, John Erskine, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 03/09/2013

John Erskine injured in Capitals' loss to Islanders

The defenseman suffered what appeared to be an injury to his left hand or wrist and played only 1:18 in the 5-2 defeat.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:26 PM ET, 03/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Isles, Injuries, John Erskine

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2013

One-timers: Capitals keeping defensemen involved offensively

Coach Adam Oates has encouraged the blue liners to jump up in the play since training camp and it looks like they're all growing more comfortable with the directive.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Canes, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, One timers

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/25/2013

John Erskine agrees to contract extension with Capitals (updated)

John Erskine close to contract extension with Capitals

By Katie Carrera  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Contract extension, John Erskine

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/09/2013

Marcus Johansson scratched against Panthers, Mathieu Perreault and John Erskine back in

Notes from the Capitals morning skate and what lineup changes to expect for tonight's game against Florida.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:20 PM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Panthers, John Erskine, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Tom Poti

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 02/04/2013

John Erskine on suspension: 'I don't think it was a reckless play'

The Caps defenseman says he's 'not happy' with his three-game ban for elbowing Wayne Simmonds.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:19 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Erskine, NHL discipline, Suspensions

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 02/02/2013

John Erskine suspended three games for elbowing

Capitals defenseman John Erskine won't be eligible to return to the lineup until Feb. 9 against Florida.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:46 PM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Flyers, John Erskine, NHL discipline, Suspensions

Posted at 12:26 AM ET, 02/02/2013

John Erskine faces disciplinary hearing for elbow (updated)

The Capitals defenseman could face supplemental discipline for elbowing Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:26 AM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Flyers, John Erskine, Matt Hendricks, NHL discipline

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 01/28/2013

John Erskine records first goal since 2011

Goal scorer isn't the first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking of Capitals defenseman John Erskine. But he certainly adds it to the list from time to time.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:49 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sabres, Joel Ward, John Erskine

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Caps’ Karl Alzner, John Erskine won’t let NHL lockout put a damper on Movember

The Caps defensemen are still growing mustaches to raise money for men's health.

By Ben Sumner  |  03:11 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Movember

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/13/2010

Boudreau on Bradley, Erskine and no excuses

Tidbits from this morning's skate at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla: *Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said he was informed that the instigator penalty levied on Matt Bradley during Tuesday night's 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay had been rescinded after a review of the game videos. Boudreau, who said he...

By Amy Shipley  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida Panthers, John Erskine, Matt Bradley, Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 01/11/2010

Erskine 'questionable' and other notes

The Caps just completed a brisk practice at the Lightning's facility in Brandon, Fla. This was one of those weird road practices where the players got dressed at the game rink, bussed to the practice rink, then bussed right back. That means there wasn't much time for post-practice interviews, but...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  01:54 PM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Erskine, Michal Neuvirth, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tom Poti

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/11/2010

Erskine not practicing

Defenseman John Erskine is not on the ice with his teammates at Ice Sports Forum this morning, which could mean the Caps' toughest defenseman is out for tomorrow's game against the Lightning. Erskine suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday in Atlanta and missed almost all of the third period. With Erskine...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Erskine, Tampa Bay Lightning