This morning the Washington Capitals wrapped up preparations for tonight’s season opener against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils are playing their second game in as many nights. The Devils lost their season opener last night in Newark, 3-1 to the Winnipeg Jets. The Devils will start backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid tonight against the Capitals. For a complete game preview, click here.
The Capitals will have the day off tomorrow before commencing with preparations for their next game on Tuesday night against Joel Ward and the San Jose Sharks
No surprise. Braden Holtby was the first goalie off the ice this morning, and therefore looks to be the starter tonight. Trotz did some considerable shuffling with the D-lines this morning during morning skate, but ultimately wound up with what was predicted. Both Brooks Orpik and Dmitri Orlov will play tonight. Nicklas Backstrom once again skated with the team this morning, but has still yet to be cleared for contact. The projected lines for tonight remain as posted earlier:
Stanislav Galiev and Taylor Chorney are likely your healthy scratches.
News and Notes
CSN will demo an innovative computer-controlled aerial camera system known as SkyCam at Verizon Center during upcoming Wizards and Capitals games. The camera made a test run during the preseason, but met mixed reviews. Some folks in the arena noted the camera would be in their line of sight at times, while others noted an unfavorable experience while watching the game on television.
@TGfireandice: The Devils avoided traffic this morning by taking the Metro to and from Verizon Center for their morning skate. Several NoVa Caps fans reported seeing the team today on Metro.
At 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, approximately 208 tickets remained on Stubhub for the season opener on tonight. Current prices range from $68 for upper level seats to $238 for VIP seats in section 101 (Row C).
Tickets on the Washington Capitals official ticket exchange range from $53 for upper level to $1,053 for Section 107.
Capitals D-man Orlov back in NHL after 18 months (NHL.com)
Caps Bottom Six Offers Versatility, More. (Dump ‘N Chase)
Brian MacLellan planned for free agency, and then delivered (WaPo)
Sean Collins made the Capitals by being like ‘one of those useful pickup trucks’ (WaPo)
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)
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 ‘N Chase)
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)
Can Alex Ovechkin finally ignite T.J. Oshie’s offense with Capitals? (Yahoo)
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