Capitals’ Opening Night Roster getting Clearer and Clearer

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Today, the Capitals made the opening night roster clearer what it will look like. Next Thursday night, the Capitals will open their regular season schedule in Ottawa at Canadien Tire Centre against the Senators. They release defensemen Tyler Lewington and Jonas Seigenthaler, center Travis Boyd, and goaltender Pheonix Copley. They also sent down forward Zach Sill and Liam O’Brien, who cleared waivers.

The Capitals now have 16 forwards left with winger Alex Chiasson, who is on a professional tryout contract, center Tyler Graovac, center Chandler Stephenson, who is waiver eligible, and wingers Anthony Peluso and Devante Smith-Pelly fighting for forward spots. On defense, they still have Christian Djoos, who is waiver eligible, Aaron Ness, and Madison Bowey left to choose from.

With Copley now released, Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer are Washington’s only two goalies at training camp. The current training camp roster:

The Capitals are 1-4-0 so far this preseason and are coming off a tough 4-1 loss to New Jersey on Monday night. The prospects are going to have to bring their best on Friday night in Carolina and Sunday afternoon in St. Louis if they hope to make the roster.

Earlier this week, the Capitals released defenseman Jyrki Jokkipakka and made several more cuts. Expect this to be the last set of cuts until the opening night lineup is announced.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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