Washington starts NHL preseason action with trip to Boston Sunday

9-16  Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins   Preseason  Game 1

Time:  1pm at TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

TV: NBC Washington

Radio: Caps radio 24/7

Washington Capitals Hockey is back! The Capitals are still hungry and looking to go back to back. In tomorrow preseason game look for some new faces. We will see potential back up goaltender candidate Pheonix Copley get the start and play half of the game. We will also see his net minding partner from last season in Hershey, Vitek Vanecek get the second half of the game to close out the preseason opener.

You won’t see a lot from Ovechkin, Backstrom, Oshie,  Kuznetsov and Carlson this preseason because the Capitals will be giving more ice time for younger players like Nathan Walker, Shane Gersich, Nick Dowd and Maddison Bowey to figure out where they belong. There is essentially one spot to battle for in Washington. The rest will be sent to Hershey, South Carolina, or their junior teams for more time on ice. That spot the Caps are looking to fill is the fourth line center role. However, the Caps could still look to move Chandler Stephenson from the third line wing, and put him on the fourth line center, opening up a winger role for the Capitals.

Players headed to Boston for the Capitals are as follows:

Forwards

10 Brett Connolly

13 Jakub Vrana

14 Michael Sgarbossa

15 Jayson Megna

18 Chandler Stephenson

26 Nic Dowd

40 Garrett Pilon

47 Beck Malenstyn

61 Juuso Ikonen

63 Shane Gersich

64 Brian Pinho

65 Andre Burakovsky

71 Kody Clark

79 Nathan Walker

Defense

22 Madison Bowey

27 Alexander Alexeyev

29 Christian Djoos

34 Jonas Siegenthaler

38 Colby Williams

42 Martin Fehervary

55 Aaron Ness

76 Tyler Lewington

Goaltenders

Starting in net Pheonix Copley (will play the first half)

Back up netminder Vitek Vanecek (will take over midway through the second period)

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