Preview: Capitals @ Canadiens

Sep 24, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Washington Capitals center Jakub Vrana (13) plays the puck against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Tom Gilbert (77) during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals venture north of the border for a tilt with the Canadiens at Bell Centre, tonight in Montreal. Puck-drop is 7:30 PM. 

habs-fanCapitals lines for tonight’s game:

Offense:
Johansson-Sanford-Burakovsky
Vrana-Boyd-Connolly
Walker-Beagle-Thomas
O’Brien-Sill-Mitchell

Defense:
Alzner-Hobbs
Chorney-Bowey
Djoos-Dietz

The complete rosters for both teams:

caps-habs-rsoters

GAME NOTES
The Capitals are bringing a lineup to Montreal with a lot more experience than the roster for last night’s 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Karl Alzner will see his first action of the preseason. Alzner underwent sports hernia repair surgery on June 15th, but has been cleared to play.

ROSTER BATTLES
Jay Beagle, Madison Bowey, Jakub Vrana and Nathan Walker are the only players that played in last night’s game versus Carolina and will pull the back-to-back double-duty and play tonight in Montreal. Goaltenders Vitek Vanecek and Drew MacIntyre will also go again tonight. The two split the action in last nights game.

Zach Sanford, who is competing with Travis Boyd for the 14th forward spot, will get a good look tonight, playing on a line with Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky. Travis Boyd will also get a good look tonight, teamed with Jakub Vrana and Brett Connolly.

Christian Djoos is also a potential roster candidate, and is battling Aaron Ness for the next defenseman in line for the 7th/8th spot on the depth chart.

MISCELLANEOUS
The Capitals return to preseason action Saturday night in Bridgeport, Connecticut, when they visit the New York Islanders. Puck-drop is 7:00 PM.

Team Europe, featuring Philipp Grubauer, faces Braden Holtby, Barry Trotz and Team Canada in Game 1 of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey final series tonight at Air Canada Center (8 p.m., ESPN). Grubauer and Holtby are aiming to become the first Capitals to win the World Cup of Hockey since Steve Konowalchuk and Jim Carey won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey with the United States.

OTHER NEWS LINKS
Todd Reirden getting perhaps a dress rehearsal running Capitals training camp (WaPo)
Tom Wilson misses third period of Capitals’ exhibition with ‘upper-body’ injury (WaPo)
Capitals Defenseman Nate Schmidt’s Injury is Day-to-Day (CSN)
Capitals Today (09/27/16) (Capitals)
Preseason Game Notes at Montreal, 9/27/16 (Capitals)

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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