The Washington Capitals conclude their preseason schedule with three consecutive road games, beginning with a tilt against the Blackhawks in Chicago Wednesday night. The Capitals will then head to St. Louis for a preseason rematch against the Blues on Friday, before wrapping up their preseason schedule on Sunday afternoon in Raleigh against the Hurricanes. Puck drop for Wednesday night’s contest in the “Windy City” is set for just after 8:30 PM ET.
The Capitals will start Braden Holtby in goal Wednesday night in Chicago. The initial plan is for he and Pheonix Copley to split time. The starting lines for Wednesday night:
Caps tonight in Chicago:
Holtby and Copley will split the game.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) September 25, 2019
The Capitals full roster for Wednesday’s game against the Blackhawks:
Per the Capitals, the group of 20 players who will suit up in Chicago will participate in a morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday while the remainder of the players in camp will practice shortly thereafter.
The entire remaining group will then travel to the Windy City, and then travel to St. Louis for an off day on Thursday and their tilt against the Blues on Friday, before returning home. The last training camp practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex is set for Saturday.
The game notes can be accessed here.
From the other bench
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) September 25, 2019
CURRENT TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Alexander Alexeyev was reassigned to Hershey Wednesday morning. The Capitals current training camp roster sits at 34 players.
The third round of cuts may come as early as Thursday, when the Capitals have their next day off.
The following is a breakdown of the stats after three preseason game. Aliaksei Protas, who was returned to the Prince Albert Raiders last Thursday, continues to lead the team in points (3) with Brian Pinho leading the team in goals (2).
Braden Holtby will see his first action in the preseason Wednesday night in Chicago. Ilya Samsonov leads the four goaltenders remaining in training camp in minutes played, with Pheonix Copley having faced the most shots.
- Former Washington Capitals prospects Riley Barber (Montreal) and Nathan Walker (St. Louis) we’re waived by their teams today. More info here.
- At last week’s Board of Governors meeting, the 2020-21 cap was estimated at $84.5 million, if the players do not use any escalator at all.
- The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have acquired defenseman Joel Edmundson, forward prospect Dominik Bokk, and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Justin Faulk and a fifth-round pick in next summer’s NHL Draft. (More info here).
By Jon Sorensen