Washington Capitals Ready To Embark On 2019-2020 Campaign; 5 New Faces Set To Make Capitals Debut Tonight In St. Louis


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The Washington Capitals wrapped-up training camp activities and made their way to St. Louis Tuesday afternoon, ahead of tonight’s season-opening tilt with the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. Puck drop is “scheduled” for sometime after 8:00 PM., however the Blues will be raising their championship banner this evening, so actual start time may be closer to 8:45 PM. Here’s latest Capitals news from the day:

ROSTER MANAGEMENT
The Capitals announced Wednesday morning, just prior to morning skate, that they have waived goaltender Pheonix Copley,  bringing the Capitals total roster to 22 players.

The Capitals reached the league maximum roster of 23 players yesterday afternoon by placing Michael Kempny on injured reserve. The team will need to make one more additional move when Evgeny Kuznetsov completes his three game suspension, and Kempny comes off of injured reserve.

MORNING SKATE
Michal Kempny, who was placed on injured reserved on Tuesday, participated in the team’s morning skate at the enterprise center.

We’re back!

INJURY UPDATES

Michal Kempny:

LINES

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Richard Panik, Brendan Leipsic, Garnet Hathaway, Martin Fehervary and Radko Gudas will all make their official debuts with the Capitals this evening. The projected lines for tonight:

Ilya Samsonov is expected to start vs the Islanders on Friday, per Reirden.

St. Louis Blues
The Blues will go with Jordan Binnington in goal.

SHAVINGS

  • Alex Ovechkin, who is beginning his 15th NHL season, has recorded 17 points (10g, 7a) in 14 season-opening games, registering at least one point in nine of those games. His 10 goals in season openers are tied with Zach Parise for the most among active players, as are his 17 points (tied with Joe Thornton), and he has one career season-opening hat trick (Oct. 5, 2017 at Ottawa).
  • Nicklas Backstrom’s 14 assists in 11 season-opening contests are the most among active players, two shy of tying Gary Suter (16a in 15 games) and Joe Sakic (16a in 20 games) for 10th place on the NHL’s all-time list.
  • The Capitals are 3-0-2 in their last five season openers, and their 7-0 win over the Boston Bruins last season tied for the second-largest shutout victory in a season opener in NHL history.
  • Tonight’s matchup features the last two Stanley Cup winners, marking just the second time in the NHL’s modern era (1943-44) the two previous Stanley Cup Champions play their first regular season game against each other (Toronto vs. Chicago in 1962-63).

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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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