Capitals Daily Report: Off to Pittsburgh


The Washington Capitals held their final practice this morning before departing for Pittsburgh. The Capitals will face the Penguins Thursday night. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:21 (for those wishing to skip the Penguins pre-game ceremonies). 

Practice Lines
Head coach Barry Trotz tinkered with the lines this morning, moving Marcus Johansson up to the second line, and moving Justin Williams down to the third line.

Trotz was asked if this mornings practice lines would be the starting lines for tomorrow nights opener in Pittsburgh, but Trotz would not confirm, saying “we have options”.

Some scenes from morning skate:

The new guy, Zach Sanford met with the media this morning after practice:


Barry Trotz spoke with the media prior to departing for Pittsburgh:


The Capitals will start the season with 22 players on their roster – one under the league maximum of 23. The open roster spot will provide the Capitals with some relief from the salary cap (the Capitals are currently $584,874 under the cap) as well as facilitate a little easier management for call-ups. The final opening night roster for the Capitals:


Head Coach Barry Trotz was asked about having his team watch the Penguins pre-game ceremonies and banner-raising tomorrow night:

Penguins head coach Sullivan ruled Sidney Crosby out for opener. Crosby is recovering from a concussion he suffered in practice this past week. The projected starting lines for the Capitals Thursday night:



  • Thursday marks the second time in franchise history that Washington will open the regular season against the defending Stanley Cup champions (Oct. 1, 2013 at Chicago).
  • Thursday’s game marks the 214th all-time meeting between the teams, marking the most games Washington has played against one team in franchise history.
  • All 30 teams finalized their rosters by 5:00 pm yesterday (Tuesday). The NHL has all of the opening night rosters posted here:
  • Dont forget to catch John Walton and “Caps Talk” each weekday from 4-6PM on Capitals radio. Right here:

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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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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