The Capitals essentially split into two groups for game-day and training camp preparations this morning. Those on the roster for tonight’s pre-season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes took the ice at 10 a.m., to run through practice lines and game day preparations. Those not on the roster for tonight continued with training camp activities. For more information on what you need to know for tonight’s game, please check here for a game preview.
Players on the roster for tonight’s first preseason game took the ice first this morning (Monday). Preseason opener practice lines from the AM skate:
As per Alex Prewitt, looks like Burakovsky and Stanton are the extras from the announced roster — neither taking morning skate. If practice lines hold true, Burakovsky looks to be a healthy scratch tonight.
Trotz said Holtby will start tonight, Ellis will come in for relief, then stay for 3v3 OT. Trotz said don’t be surprised if Roy and Kuznetsov flip spots mid-game tonight. Plans to tinker like that for the first 3-4 preseason games.
The roster for tonight’s game, released yesterday:
Today’s training schedule has the players on the game roster with a morning skate at 10:00, a scrimmage between Groups Bondra and Hunter at 12:15, and practices for those groups at 11:30 and 1:00.
News and Notes
The Washington Capitals released their 2015-2016 media guide today, which can be downloaded here.
In scrimmages and preseason games, Capitals testing lines and pairs (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Andre Burakovsky to start at center (Isabelle Khurshudyan/WaPo)
MacLellan, Trotz: Third-line center, depth defense among camp battles to watch (by Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Nicklas Backstrom on playing in season opener: ‘I don’t know.’ (Isabelle Khurshudyan/WaPo)
Capitals expect no surprises in second camp under Barry Trotz (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
2015-16 Washington Capitals training camp preview: Defensemen )Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney talks rookie tournament, future hosting plans (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
After rookie season, Michael Latta ready for bigger role with Capitals (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
In Washington on tryout agreement, Derek Roy trying to ‘act like a rookie’ (Alex Prewitt/WaPo)
This daily report is updated in real-time, as news and notes emerge, until 5pm each day. So check back for updates!