Capitals Release Roster For First Preseason Game Against Buffalo Sabres On Sunday

The Washington Capitals open up their preseason slate tomorrow against the Buffalo Sabres at 2 p.m. at Capital One Arena. The Caps announced who will be suiting up in tomorrow’s affair late Saturday afternoon. The 23-man roster consists of 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. 

The regular players that will be in the lineup tomorrow are Anthony Mantha, Sonny Milano, Dylan Strome, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Martin Fehervary and Nicolas Aube-Kubel.

Here are the expected lines for Sunday’s contest according to Tom Gulitti of

Matthew Phillips, the Calgary Wranglers’ leading scorer last year, will suit up for the first time in a Capitals uniform. Other players to watch include Hendrix Lapierre, Alexander Suzdalev, Vincent Iorio, Aliaksai Protas, Alex Alexeyev and Lucas Johansen.

Hunter Shepard, the 2023 Calder Cup MVP, is the projected starting netminder and Clay Stevenson will serve as the backup. It is likely that they split the game. 

Nick Leivermann and free agent invite Jon McDonald will also be making their pro debuts.

By Jacob Cheris

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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7 Responses to Capitals Release Roster For First Preseason Game Against Buffalo Sabres On Sunday

  1. Anonymous says:

    Will any media be streaming the game?

    • Prevent Defense says:

      NHL dot com says: “Watch: (Washington feed with Capitals commentators)”

      Syracuse dot com sez: “Buffalo Sabres @ Washington Capitals, 2 p.m. on NHL Network, Monumental Sports. Stream: fuboTV, Sling, DirecTV Stream”

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Hershey heavy lineup, I see. 6 Caps vets, with 15 likely to be Bears or Stingrays, and one junior (Karabela). Looks like Carbs wants some familiarity, for his first game.

  5. Don Burr says:

    Caps need winners. Mike V is a winner!

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