Capitals At Blues – Pregame Notebook: Braden Holtby To Go The Distance In St. Louis

After getting into the second half of Wednesday’s 6-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in his preseason debut, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will play the full 60-minutes at the St. Louis Blues tonight (8 PM ET, can be seen on NBC Sports Washington). On the other side, goaltender Ville Husso will do the same for his team. More news from St. Louis can be found below as the Capitals look to improve to 5-0-0 in the preseason.

The Capitals brought all 34 remaining players on the training camp roster on the road trip to Chicago and St. Louis. The following are the Capitals lines for tonight’s tilt:

Capitals’ Lines at Blues

Remaining Battles
Defensemen Martin Fehervary and Tyler Lewington are expected to play against the Blues, and they’re the only two defensemen from Wednesday’s game who are slated to be in Friday night’s lineup as well. Up front, Brendan Leipsic, Liam O’Brien and Chandler Stephenson played in Chicago and they are also scheduled to suit up in St. Louis.

The Capitals game notes for Friday night’s tilt game be found here.

Blues’ Lines vs. Capitals
Blues defenseman Justin Faulk will make his team debut on Friday night after St. Louis acquired him along with a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Joel Edmundson, forward prospect Dominik Bokk, and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft on September 24.

Forward Nathan Walker, who was placed on waivers by the Blues earlier this week and signed a two-year, two-way contract with the team as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will face his former team for the first time on Friday night.

NEXT ROSTER CUTS
According to Mike Vogel, The Capitals will likely make their next, and possibly final round of roster cuts when they return from the road trip on Saturday, and before the team departs for their matinee game with the Hurricanes in Raleigh Sunday afternoon.

The current training camp roster:

NHL News Bites

  • The Winnipeg Jets signed RFA F Patrik Laine to a two-year contract that carries a cap hit of $6.75 million.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning F Cedric Paquette was fined $2.5K by the NHL Department of Player Safety for high-sticking Florida Panthers F Frank Vatrano.
  • The Capitals final training camp practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex is set for Saturday.

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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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