PITTSBURGH—Braden Holtby will start in goal and the ‘Tre Kronor’ line will be reunited when the Capitals open the season Thursday night against the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins.
Here are the other nuts and bolts from PPG Paints Arena (yes, that's the new name for the Penguins' home rink):
- The lineup was unchanged from Wednesday’s practice, meaning you’ll see (to start the game, at least) Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Oshie; Johansson-Backstrom-Burakovsky; Sanford-Eller-Williams; and Winnik-Beagle-Wilson. On defense, it’ll be Alzner-Niskanen; Orlov-Carlson; and Orpik-Schmidt. Holtby, of course, will be backed up by Grubauer. Meantime, Connolly and Chorney will be the scratches.
- Crosby (concussion, Bryan Rust (finger) and Matt Murray (hand) are out for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury will be backed up by Mike Condon.
- Capitals Coach Barry Trotz on Crosby’s absence: “I got to see him up-close and personal during the World Cup, and he’s a fantastic player. Obviously, when you got a 1-2-3 punch, now they have a 1-2 punch. It’s too bad that he’s injured. He’s a big piece of them and he’s their leader. But that’s not case, [so] we’ll just deal with what’s in front of us tonight.”
- The Penguins’ banner raising ceremony is set to begin around 7:55. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 8:21. NBC Sports Network will carry the ceremony in its entirety.
- On Wednesday, Trotz declined to say how his team would handle the lengthy wait. And he offered scant details Thursday afternoon, as well. “From our standpoint, we’d like to be standing where they are tonight,” he said. “They earned the right to be there. And it’s their moment. We’ve got to get it done from our standpoint so we can have the moment maybe in our future.”