The Washington Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night for each team’s preseason opener. The two split the regular-season series last season as the Capitals beat the Blackhawks at home by a score of 4-2 on November 21 before the Blackhawks returned the favor, winning 8-5 at home on January 20. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 7 PM ET.
The Capitals released their roster for Monday’s game early Sunday afternoon. Pheonix Copley is expected to start in goal for the Caps, and Ilya Samsonov will dress as the backup. (Game notes for the game can be found here.)
Also making his debut will be Herndon, Virginia, native Joe Snively, who played for the Little Caps as a youth hockey player. The Capitals signed Snively to a two-year entry-level contract in March after he played four seasons for Yale University, where he led the team in scoring all four years he played. Snively scored a goal in his first game for the Hershey Bears.
Center Nic Dowd, forwards Tom Wilson, Travis Boyd, and Chandler Stephenson, and defensemen Nick Jensen, Jonas Seigenthaler, Christian Djoos will be the only regulars from last season to dress against Chicago on Monday night.
Capitals’ Projected Lineup
Chicago released their roster Monday morning with very few NHL players making the trip to Washington.
#Blackhawks lines this morning ahead of preseason trip to Washington:
Quenneville – Carpenter – Perlini
Nylander – Kampf – Saarela
D. Sikura – Highmore – Wedin
McLaughlin – Nilsson – Versteeg
Gilbert – Boqvist
Koekkoek – Gustafsson
Beaudin – Tuulola
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) September 16, 2019
- Caps fans will get their first look at 2019 first-round draft choice (25th overall) Connor McMichael on Monday, as he is expected to center a line with Chandler Stephenson and Damian Riat.
- That trio skated together in a Sunday intrasquad scrimmage at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, accounting for all three of its team’s goals. Stephenson scored twice and Riat once, with McMichael helping to create all three.
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Herndon, Va., native Joe Snively will make his preseason debut with the @capitals on Monday @capitalonearena. In his youth, Snively played for the Little Caps @medstarcapitalsiceplex. He recorded 36 points (15g, 21a) in 33 games with Yale University last season and set a collegiate career high with five power play goals. Snively led Yale in points in all four years of his attendance and recorded 139 points (58g, 81a) in 129 career NCAA games. He was named as a Hobey Baker Award nominee last season. Additionally, Snively appeared in nine games for @thehersheybears of the AHL last season, recording seven points (2g, 5a).