Mantha Gets Look On Capitals’ Top-Line, Neither Kuemper Nor Lindgren Will Suit Up In Sunday’s Preseason Opener

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The Washington Capitals continued to experiment with their line combinations on the third day of training camp on Saturday, which included giving left-wing Anthony Mantha a look on the top forward line. Center Aliaksei Protas also got a few repetitions in that spot.

Other changes from Friday involved flip-flopping centers Connor McMichael and Dylan Strome on the second-line and putting Connor Brown on their right-wing.

Left-wings Conor Sheary and Marcus Johansson also flipped places in the bottom-six forward group.

In addition to Protas, Leason also worked in some reps while left-wings Joe Snively and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby did not skate with the main group unlike Friday.

No changes were made on defense from Friday’s training camp activities except Lucas Johansen taking over for Gabriel Carlsson as an extra.

Neither one of goaltenders Darcy Kuemper or Charlie Lindgren will make their preseason debut when the Capitals host the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday (2 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, NHL Network nationally), head coach Peter Laviolette announced.

The Capitals have to dress a minimum of six veterans each preseason game so expect a very prospect and/or rookie-heavy roster for Sunday’s game. The deeper the preseason gets, the closer the lineup will likely look like to the one that the Capitals will ice for opening night on October 12.

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4 Responses to Mantha Gets Look On Capitals’ Top-Line, Neither Kuemper Nor Lindgren Will Suit Up In Sunday’s Preseason Opener

  1. Anonymous says:

    Makes sense, regarding netminders. We need to see Clay Stevenson and Hunter Shepard, others.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We knew LuJo would get a shot. It’s now or never for him.

  3. novafyre says:

    Bears Roster (from webpage & app): No information available for the 2022-23 Regular Season.

    Rays Roster (from webpage): 2022-23 REGULAR SEASON

    Everyone’s waiting for the Caps.

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