Every Player In Capitals’ First Practice Group Will Play On Weekend Road Trip

Center Connor McMichael skated on the Washington Capitals’ fourth-line during practice on Thursday, but head coach Peter Laviolette played down the significance of that, saying he “wouldn’t put too much into” it and the team is trying a lot of different things.

After center Dylan Strome tallied two goals in Wednesday’s 3-1 preseason win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Laviolette told the media that the team is looking at putting him there and that his play warranted consideration.

Laviolette explained that everyone who practiced with the first group on Thursday will travel for Friday’s game at the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 PM ET, Caps Radio 24/7) and Saturday’s tilt at the Columbus Blue Jackets and play in one of them.

No one will play both, so players from other groups will get some time. Defenseman Lucas Johansen bumped back up to that group.

Laviolette also revealed that the Capitals have yet to decide whether the team will use their final roster spot this season for a 14th forward or eighth defenseman.

Strome played on the Capitals’ first power-play unit and captain Alex Ovechkin and defenseman Erik Gustafsson played the points on the second.

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3 Responses to Every Player In Capitals’ First Practice Group Will Play On Weekend Road Trip

  1. Anonymous says:

    Getting down to brass tax. Part of me can’t wait to see how the roster plays out, but I also fear the potential waivers coming.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tough decisions only days away. Opening night in less than 2 weeks.

  3. Dan says:

    Brass tacks…

    Stroke had 2 fantastic passes on this pp prior to him scoring his pp goal. Very interested I. Seeing how he does with consistent time on #1 pp unit.

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