Pregame records for a Capitals’ preseason opener vs. Buffalo

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There’s preseason hockey in Washington, D.C., and both Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom will be in action. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post).

Emptying a cover of semi-relevant matters before a Washington Capitals strike Verizon Center for their preseason opener on Sunday night opposite a Buffalo Sabres …

The Capitals announced a register of 27 though will during many dress 20. Here are a healthy scratches, formed off those skating during Kettler Capitals Iceplex for use and an intrasquad scrimmage:

F Dane Byers

F Marcus Johansson

F Braden Pimm

D John Erskine

D Michal Cajkovsky

D Steven Oleksy

G Philipp Grubauer

This leaves them with 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and dual goaltenders. The full rosters for both Washington and Buffalo are related here.

Right winger Casey Wellman will join Alex Ovechkin and core Nicklas Backstrom on a tip line. Top awaiting Andre Burakovsky will core Joel Ward and Jason Chimera on a second line. Coach Barry Trotz also pronounced he designed to span Brooks Laich with some younger forwards.

“In tonight’s diversion you’ll see flashes,” Trotz said. “I’ll start with Backstrom and Ovechkin, Chimera-Ward with someone in between, afterwards median in between we competence see a opposite sum line combinations. A integrate things, only a small laxity to start, afterwards after that, if I feel like we’re playing a approach we wish to, we competence switch people adult to give them a little different look, though also a small feel, some certainty to some guys. Example, I’ve got a veteran guy working, like Brooks Laich, with some immature guys since we know what a peculiarity pro he is. Just things like that, where Brooks maybe aloft in a lineup where we get started. we got him maybe in a third hole tonight with a younger guys, only since of a mentorship.”

Deeper down a lines, Laich will skate beside awaiting Chandler Stephenson and offseason merger Tim Kennedy, while Michael Latta will core a fourth line beside Australian Nathan Walker and Tim Spencer.

On a blue line, formed off pregame rushes, maestro Karl Alzner and rookie Madison Bowey were interconnected together, as were Matt Niskanen and Cam Schilling, and Mike Moore and Tyler Lewington.

Goaltender Pheonix Copley will play the first duration in his initial non-rookie NHL game, one of several Capitals creation their debuts. That organisation also includes defenseman Madison Bowey.

“Just suffer it,” Trotz said. “One thing we always wish to do is put on an NHL uniform in a game, and we get the opportunity. Preseason or unchanging season, it’s a large day for them.”

Braden Holtby will underling Copley out for a second and third periods, per John Walton and Mike Vogel of a Monumental Network..

Former Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who logged 13 games for Washington in 2013-14 before a midseason trade to Buffalo for Jaroslav Halak, will not fit adult for a Sabres. Defenseman Tyson Strachan, on a other hand, will dress. He played 18 mins for a Capitals final deteriorate though signed with a Sabres as a limited giveaway representative over a summer.

From earlier Sunday, here are stories on Ward’s reunion with Trotz and an damage refurbish from Dmitry Orlov, who spoke to a media for a initial time since undergoing offseason wrist surgery.

Looking forward to Monday’s preseason highway opener during Philadelphia, that has a split-squad that day and is expected to keep a veterans during home, many of Washington’s defensemen battling for a final several register spots won’t have played opposite Buffalo. That organisation includes John Erskine, Connor Carrick, Steven Oleksy, Jack Hillen, Nate Schmidt and Patrick Wey. Only Cam Schilling will dress on Sunday.

Copley, one of a standouts of Capitals rookie camp, got a new goaltending facade from airbrush guru David Gunnarsson. Of course, it has a phoenix on it.

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