The Washington Capitals returned to practice at Kettler this morning (Thursday), following a day off and team-building exercises conducted yesterday in Georgetown. The team began preparing for the season opener against the New Jersey Devils this Saturday night at Verizon Center.
Full attendance at Caps practice (except Chris Brown). Nicklas Backstrom was still in the light-blue, non-contact jersey. It was mostly Sean Collins at fourth-line RW throughout practice.
Forward Chris Brown (wrist) worked out with Strength coach Mark Nemish prior to the morning skate. Brown is still projected to be out at least a month.
News and Notes
Next Capitals Blood Drive! – The next Inova-Capitals Blood Drive will take place on Saturday, November 14th, at Kettler. Each donor will receive a Evgeny Kuznetsov Bobblehead. To register, click here.
As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, Trotz doesn’t see Taylor Chorney as strictly a seventh defenseman. Will challenge Orlov for the sixth spot. Trotz on Orlov: “He’s going to have to just earn ice time now, just like everybody else.”
@ChuckGormleyCSN: Barry Trotz says Nate Schmidt his 5th Dman. ‘We have to decide who goes in the 6 hole.’ Chorney or Orlov?
The Washington Capitals will be holding their annual Season Ticket Holder (STH) appreciation event tonight, at Six Flags in Maryland.
Inside The Den
Congratulations to Garrett Mitchell, named the 43rd Captain of the Hershey Bears. Congratulations also to Chris Bourque, Mike Moore and Zach Sill, who will serve as Th e Hershey Bears alternate captains.
At 10:00 a.m. this morning, approximately 438 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 $53 for upper level to $1,053 for Section 107.
Caps Defensemen 2015-2016 (Dump ‘N Chase)
2015-16 NHL Projected Standings: As Blackhawks step back, door opens for challengers
Stanislav Galiev makes opening day roster after drawing earlier criticism (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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