SEE IT: Capitals say 'cheese' for picture day

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SEE IT: Capitals say 'cheese' for picture day originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The 2021 Capitals roster can finally be recognized as official. 

Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, and the rest of the Capitals players got together at MedStar Complex, their practice facility in Arlington, Va., to show off their pearly whites and pose for the first time as one team under new coach Peter Laviolette. 

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Of course, the setup looked a bit different this year. Players wore masks as a precaution while they skated to their picture positions. Luckily once the cameras started flashing, fans got to see the Caps' smiles. 

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The team photo comes a couple of weeks following the finalization of the Caps' current roster following a busy trade deadline period. General manager Brian MacLellan, also seen joining in on the picture day fun, dealt Jakub Vrana to the Detroit Red Wings for Anthony Mantha, who's been a welcome addition as the Caps gear up for a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Also, Ovechkin looked spry and in good spirits after missing Saturday's win against the Islanders due to a lower-body injury. It was just the first game this season he's missed due to injury, and the fifth overall after COVID-19 protocols kept him sidelined for four games at the start of the season.

He's listed as questionable heading into Tuesday's game against the Isles as the Caps look to complete the three-game sweep of this mini-series. Laviolette said the Caps won't be taking any chances with Ovechkin with the postseason approaching as Ovi missed Monday's practice as well. 

With or without their franchise star, Tuesday's tilt marks the first time Capitals fans will be allowed back in Capital One Arena in over a year. The 2,100 allotted fans hopefully will be sporting a smile as big as Backstrom's from the team's photo.