The Washington Capitals returned to ice at Kettler this morning (Thursday) to finalize preparations for their game tonight at Verizon Center. The Capitals (1-1-0) face the Blackhawks (2-2-0), who will be playing in their second game of a back-to-back set. The Blackhawks lost to the Flyers 3-0 last night in Philadelphia. For a complete preview of tonight’s game, click here:
As per Isabelle Khurshudyan, Jason Chimera (lower-body injury) practiced today. Trotz said he expects him to play tonight. Practice lines for the morning skate:
As per the Washington Post, it looks like Taylor Chorney will get the start tonight in place of Nate Schmidt. Braden Holtby was the first goalie off the ice this morning and will get the start tonight against the Blackhawks.
Chandler Stephenson was called up from Hershey today. Recalled after Collins cleared waivers at noon today, Chandler Stephenson will man middle of 4th line with Laich, Galiev.
As per Zac Boyer, Nicklas Backstrom rotated in with fourth line during morning skate, but Trotz said yesterday it’s unlikely he’s back. Likely getting work as extra. Trotz stated there is a chance Backstrom will play Saturday night.
Along with Nicklas Backstrom, Michael Latta and Nate Schmidt were practicing after morning skate. They are the likely scratches tonight.
Never too early to keep an eye on the standings. Most notable is the poor start by Columbus Blue Jackets (0-4-0). The Capitals and the Minnesota Wild are the only two teams that have only played two games to this point in the season. The Capitals are currently four points behind the first place New York Rangers.
At 11:00 a.m. this morning, approximately 844 tickets remained on Stubhub for tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Current prices range from $33 for upper level seats to $464 for VIP glass seats in section 102 (Row A).
Tickets on the Washington Capitals official ticket exchange range from $14 for upper level to $422 for Section 107, Row D.
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