The Washington Capitals returned to the ice at Kettler this morning (Tuesday) following a much- deserved day off yesterday. The team will have the day off tomorrow (Wednesday) before making final preparations for the season opener on Saturday.
Full attendance at Capitals practice this morning (minus Chris Brown, who has hand injury). Nicklas Backstrom donned a blue, non-contact jersey. In addition to regular drills, the team worked on defensive zone coverages, including penalty kills.
Practice lines this morning:
As per Chuck Gormley, Looks like Chimera-Beagle; Latta-Collins could be two PK combinations.
The Capitals made what will likely be their final roster moves yesterday (Monday), prior to tonight’s 5:00 pm deadline. The roster sits at 24, but does not include likey injured reserve (IR) assignments for Nicklas Backstrom and Chris Brown.
[UPDATE] Backstrom and Orpik will start the season as injured non-roster players and can be activated at any time.
Trotz said Chris Brown (hand) is out anywhere from 2-6 weeks.
Ness, Peters, Stanton all clear waivers and officially w Hershey Bears
News and Notes
During NHL preseason, 17 of 24 games that went to OT were decided in 3-on-3. Thirteen of them ended in 2:05 or less, seven on 1st shot of OT.
As per Isabelle Khyrshudyan, MacLellan said team still isn’t sure about Backstrom timetable, but moving towards 4-5 games rather than 0-10. MacLellan on 65 moving back to wing when 19 is healthy: “I think we’re going to keep the options open, but I’d assume that’s where he’d go.” Brian MacLellan says Derek Roy just didn’t fit as 4th line center/13th forward.
Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of Alex Ovechkin’s first goal. NoVa Caps has the video of it, including the entire shift and replays right here.
At 9:00 a.m. this morning, approximately 744 tickets remained on Stubhub for the season opener on Saturday. Current prices range from $50 for upper level seats to $499 for glass seats (Row A) in section 102.
Tickets on the Washington Capitals official ticket exchange range from $44 for upper level to $1,053 for Section 107.
2015-16 NHL Season Projections and Preview: As Blackhawks step back, door opens for challengers (WaPo)
Nicklas Backstrom progressing ‘very, very well,’ Trotz says (WaPo)
With history of slow starts, Capitals now brace for a long break (WaPo)
This season really won’t be Evgeny Kuznetsov’s first rodeo (WaPo)
Postgame Notebook, Caps 6, Islanders 2 (Dump and Chase)
Roster taking shape after five cuts, including Roy, Peters (WaPo)
Capitals PK ‘coming together’ with new faces (WaPo_
Capitals preparing for Nicklas Backstrom to miss start of season (WaPo)
Private museum lets Mitch Korn relive every moment of his hockey career (WaPo)
Andre Burakovsky still adjusting to being back at center (WaPo)
Capitals trying to be more defensive in three-on-three OT (WaPo)
Hobbs back with Pats after strong NHL camp (Global News)
Can Alex Ovechkin finally ignite T.J. Oshie’s offense with Capitals? (Yahoo)
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