The Capitals returned to practice at Kettler this morning (Saturday) following a day off yesterday. All players were in attendance, including Nicklas Backstrom, who will return to the lineup tonight.
Practice lines this morning featured the return of Nicklas Backstrom at Second line center. Backstrom confirmed after the morning skate that he would be in the lineup tonight. Backstrom said the decision for him to play tonight was made a couple of days ago. Andre Burakovsky practiced in a white (bottom six) jersey. It looks like Andre Burakovsky will be moved from the second line center position to the fourth line wing position. A perfect quote from Backstrom: “I feel like I’ve been trying my best to get back as fast as possible with no rush.” “It’s like he’s got people on puppet strings out there,” said the always eloquent Justin Williams of Backstrom.
Scratches for tonight’s game are Stanislav Galiev, Nate Schmidt and Michael Latta. Braden Holtby will get the start in net. Trotz said he liked the play of 3rd liners Jay Beagle, Jason Chimera and Tom Wilson and didn’t want to break them up.
Hurricanes @ Capitals
The Capitals will conclude their four-game home stand tonight as they play host to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes (1-3-0) will be playing their second of back-to-back games, after beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 last night in Detroit. The Capitals (2-1-0) projected lines for the game:
News and Notes
The Capitals will head to Calgary for a west coast swing, beginning with the Flames on Tuesday.
At 12:30 p.m. approximately 339 tickets remained on Stubhub for tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Current prices range from $35 for upper level seats to $375 for VIP glass seats in section 112 (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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