ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will begin Phase 3 of the NHL’s Return to Play Plan and resume the 2019-20 season, presented by Capital One, on Monday, July 13, with the start of Phase 3 camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals’ roster for Phase 3 is attached and includes 20 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goalies. The roster will be broken up into two squads (Teams Blue and Red) and their schedules will vary. All Capitals practices will remain closed to the public and general staff of the Capitals.
In addition to the regular NHL players, this roster includes a number of notable black aces: Forwards Shane Gersich, Philippe Maillet, Beck Malenstyn, Connor McMichael, Brian Pinho, Daniel Sprong, defensemen Alex Alexeyev, Martin Fehervary, Tyler Lewington and goalies Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek.
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The Capitals Phase 3 camp will run from July 13-26. The Capitals will depart to Toronto on July 26 and play one exhibition game before beginning a three-game round-robin schedule to determine seeding for the playoffs. Washington will face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Aug. 3, the Philadelphia Flyers on Aug. 6, and the Boston Bruins on Aug. 8. Broadcast information, start times and the date and opponent for the exhibition game will be announced at a later date. All games from the 2020 qualifying rounds (round-robin and qualifying rounds) are considered part of the 2020 postseason.
The Capitals finished first in the Metropolitan Division this season, marking their franchise-record fifth consecutive division title. The Capitals became the eighth franchise in NHL history to win five straight division titles and the first since the Anaheim Ducks from 2012-13 to 2016-17. With 90 points in 69 games before the suspension-shortened 2019-20 season, the Capitals were again on pace to reach the 100-point mark. Washington was slated to become the fourth franchise in NHL history to reach the mark six consecutive times, joining the Detroit Red Wings (12 times: 1999- 00 to 2011-12), the Montreal Canadiens (eight times: 1974-75 to 1981-82) and the Edmonton Oilers (1981-82 to 1986-87).
I hope SG replaces RP next year on the 4th line… lots of savings there…