Our freelance journalist O., recently cited on Puck Daddy, reports from Kettler Capitals Iceplex arena (Sept. 27, 2010):
A long day of on-ice filming ended around 4:30 today. Alex was in the first group practice with wiring attached around his waist. 3-4 cameras were set up to follow proactice and big lights were in the bleacher areas. Lots of crew members, equipment, wires, and a cherry picker to hoist lights or cameras higher.
I couldn't tell if the second practice had a camera following it or not, but while the other guys were on the ice some players from the first group were being filmed in the locker room/weight room areas and being interview.
Ovechkin and Backstrom on the set for an HBO 24/7 promo. Photo by WashCaps
After lunch, Ovie (who was wearing his yellow crocs with shorts and his sweater), Nicky, Knuble, and Poti came out for more filming with the Kettler lights out but spotlights on. Nicky had a harness on with gadgets attached to his helmet, chest and shoulder. The boys did passing drills, close-ups of skating and puck handling, etc. with a tight ring of cameras around them. After and hour, all left the ice except Ovie.
A generic Penguin them came out along with Steckle and King. While the latter two waited, Ovie was filmed checking the Penguin into the boards.
Around 3:40 Ovie got to leave the ice. (He was patient and good natured about the process, but you could tell he was getting tired and restless - started twirling in circles between setups.)
Next, King was filmed checking the Penguin into the boards. I don't know what Steckle was going to be used for since I left before the filming was done. Six hours was long enough for me. :)
Also, Papa Ovie is back.
Photos by Katie Carrera, Capitals Insider.
Katie also reports that "Alex Ovechkin should make his preseason debut [vs. Bruins] and said he will likely skate on a line with Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Knuble."
Here's more from her WaPo post:
By Katie Carrera
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 27, 2010; 8:20 PM
Alex Ovechkin has never been one to prefer extended periods of practice time over game action.
The marquee left wing's wait will end Tuesday night, when he is expected to make his preseason debut at home against the Boston Bruins. The game will mark Ovechkin's return to Verizon Center for the first time since the Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Capitals from the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring.
"It's going to be fun; being in a game is always good," said Ovechkin, who added that he would likely skate on a line with Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Knuble. "Game is always better than practice. It's nice to get back feeling the puck, feeling the ice and get in game momentum again. I'm ready for that."
Along with Ovechkin, several other veteran players, including Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon, D.J. King and David Steckel, could make their preseason debuts in the first of back-to-back contests against the Bruins. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov is expected to start and play the entire contest. It's also possible that Tuesday's lineup will include more players who will remain in Washington for the regular season than the two previous preseason games in Columbus and Nashville.