Preview: Capitals @ Islanders

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The Capitals travel to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut for a Saturday night tilt with the Islanders, looking for their first win of the preseason. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and you can catch the game on CSN. 

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Webster Bank Arena

Capitals lines for tonight’s game:

Offense:
Johansson-Eller-Williams
Vrana-Boyd-Galiev
Carey-Stephenson-Connolly
O’Brien-Malone-Barber

Defense:
Orpik-Lewington
Ness-Schmidt
Bowey-Djoos

Braden Holtby will get the start in net for the Caps.

GAME NOTES
The band is back! Barry Trotz and Braden Holtby returned to Kettler this morning after completing the World Cup of Hockey. The Caps roster has been trimmed to 44 players after 21 players got cut on Thursday.

The Capitals (0-1-1) are looking for their first win of the preseason. Braden Holtby gets the start in net for the Caps after serving as a backup goaltender for Canada in their World Cup of Hockey run. The complete rosters for tonight’s game:

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MORNING SKATE NOTES
This was the first appearance of Trotz, and Holtby. Philipp Grubauer, also returning from the World Cup, had the day off, and will report tomorrow. Holtby told reporters following the morning skate that he has a desire to play tonight and it is vital for him to get as much game action as he can before it all counts.

 

MISCELLANEOUS
Tom Wilson will not be in the lineup tonight, however he was taking some practice reps on the ice before morning skate. He is recovering from an upper body injury that he suffered in Monday’s preseason opener.

The Caps will host the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, in the first of a home-and-home set (sort of). On Wednesday the two will meet again this time in Kansas City, Missouri.

OTHER NEWS LINKS
Caps Take on Isles in Bridgeport on Saturday Night (Mike Vogel-Dump N’ Chase):
Braden Holtby: “definitely not in game shape” (NoVa Caps): 
Back from the World Cup, Braden Holtby seeks immediate game action (WaPo) 
Braden Holtby Wasting No Time, Will Start Saturday Against The New York Islanders (CSN):

By Michael Marzzacco

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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