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Capitals invite 64 players to training camp

The Capitals have invited 37 forwards, 20 defensemen and seven goaltenders to their 2015-16 training camp, which begins with physicals and off-ice testing on Thursday and continues with on-ice sessions Friday morning.

Training camp will last 20 days and the Capitals must trim their 64-man roster down to 23 by Oct. 6, four days before their season-opening Oct. 10 game against the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center.

Among the notable invitees are free-agent center Derek Roy, who is on a professional tryout contract and will wear No. 10. The Caps currently have 47 players under professional contracts, three below the NHL maximum for a given season. If Roy makes the Capitals out of training camp, that would leave just two roster spots in the organization.

This will be the Caps’ ninth training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. All sessions will be free and open the public.

The training camp roster will be broken up into three squads (Teams Red, White and Blue) and their schedules will vary. On Friday, Group Blue will hit the ice at 9:30 a.m., Group White at 11 a.m. and Group Red at 12:30 p.m.

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FORWARDS (37)

# Player Ht. Wt. Shoots Born Hometown 2014-15 Club League(s)

19 BACKSTROM, Nicklas 6’1” 205 Left 11/23/87 Gavle, Sweden CAPITALS NHL

24 BARBER, Riley 6’0” 198 Right 2/7/94 Pittsburgh, PA Miami (OH) University NCAA

83 BEAGLE, Jay 6’3” 212 Right 10/16/85 Calgary, Alberta CAPITALS NHL

17 BOURQUE, Chris 5’8” 174 Left 1/29/86 Boston, Massachusetts Hartford AHL

54 BOYD, Travis 5’11” 184 Right 9/14/93 Hopkins, MN Hershey/U of Minn. AHL/NCAA

67 BROWN, Chris 6’2” 215 Right 2/3/91 Flower Mound, Texas CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL

65 BURAKOVSKY, Andre 6’3’’ 198 Left 2/9/95 Malmo, Sweden CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL

48 CAMPER, Carter 5’9” 173 Right 7/6/88 Rocky River, Ohio Binghamton AHL

28 CAREY, Paul 6’0” 190 Left 9/24/88 Boston, MA Colorado/Lake Erie/Prov NHL/AHL

25 CHIMERA, Jason 6’3” 217 Left 5/2/79 Edmonton, Alberta CAPITALS NHL

53 COLLINS, Sean 6’3” 201 Left 12/29/88 Saskatoon, SK Columbus/Springfield NHL/AHL

73 COX, Trevor 5’8” 164 Left 8/12/95 Surrey, British Columbia Medicine Hat WHL

68 DEBLOIS, Derek 5’11” 180 Right 2/19/91 Narragansett, RI Worcester/SC AHL/ECHL

71 ELGESTAL, Kevin 6’1” 184 Right 5/29/96 Gothenburg, Sweden Frolunda SWE

51 FYTEN, Austin 6’2” 200 Left 5/3/91 Sundre, Alberta Lehigh Valley AHL

49 GALIEV, Stanislav 6’1” 187 Right 1/17/92 Moscow, RU CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL

66 GAZLEY, Dustin 5’8” 166 Right 10/3/88 Novi, Michigan Hershey AHL

72 HERBERT, Caleb 6’0” 197 Right 10/12/91 St. Paul, MN Hershey/SC AHL/ECHL

90 JOHANSSON, Marcus 6’1” 207 Left 10/6/90 Landskrona, Sweden CAPITALS NHL/AHL

15 KOULES, Miles 6’0” 195 Right 6/25/94 Los Angeles, CA Medicine Hat/Portland WHL

92 KUZNETSOV, Evgeny 6’2” 204 Left 5/19/92 Chelyabinsk, Russia CAPITALS NHL

21 LAICH, Brooks 6’2” 197 Left 6/23/83 Wawota, Saskatchewan CAPITALS NHL

46 LATTA, Michael 6’0’’ 210 Right 5/25/91 St. Clements, Ontario CAPITALS NHL

75 McGAULEY, Tim 6’0” 175 Left 7/23/95 Wilcox, Saskatchewan Brandon WHL

76 MITCHELL, Garrett 5’11” 183 Right 9/2/91 Regina, Saskatchewan Hershey AHL

87 O’BRIEN, Liam 6’1” 210 Left 7/29/94 Halifax, Nova Scotia CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL

77 OSHIE, T.J. 5’11” 189 Right 12/23/86 Everett, Washington St. Louis NHL

8 OVECHKIN, Alex 6’3” 235 Right 9/17/85 Moscow, Russia CAPITALS NHL

10 ROY, Derek 5’9” 184 Left 5/4/83 Ottawa, Ontario Nashville/Edmonton NHL

45 SAUVE, Max 6’2” 184 Left 1/30/90 Tours, France Cologne GER

23 SILL, Zach 6’0” 202 Left 5/24/88 Truro, Nova Scotia Pittsburgh/Toronto NHL

18 STEPHENSON, Chandler 6’0’’ 201 Left 4/22/94 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Hershey AHL

13 VRANA, Jakub 5’11” 190 Left 2/28/96 Prague, CZ Hershey/Linkopings AHL/SWE

79 WALKER, Nathan 5’8’’ 186 Left 2/7/94 Sydney, AUS Hershey/South Carolina AHL/ECHL

14 WILLIAMS, Justin 6’1” 189 Right 10/4/81 Cobourg, Ontario Los Angeles NHL

82 WILSON, Cole 6’2” 210 Right 6/19/90 White Rock, BC University of British Columbia CIS

43 WILSON, Tom 6’4’’ 207 Right 3/29/94 Toronto, Ontario CAPITALS NHL

DEFENSEMEN (20)

27 ALZNER, Karl 6’3” 217 Left 9/24/88 Burnaby, British Columbia CAPITALS NHL

22 BOWEY, Madison 6’1’’ 202 Right 4/22/95 Winnipeg, Manitoba Kelowna WHL

80 BURGDOERFER, Erik 6’1” 209 Right 12/11/88 Albington, PA\Hershey/SC AHL/ECHL

74 CARLSON, John 6’3” 215 Right 1/10/90 Natick, Massachusetts CAPITALS NHL

58 CARRICK, Connor 5’10’’ 195 Right 4/13/94 Orland Park, Illinois Hershey AHL

4 CHORNEY, Taylor 6’0” 196 Left 4/27/87 Thunder Bay, ON Pittsburgh/Wilkes-Barre NHL/AHL

29 DJOOS, Christian 6’0” 162 Left 8/6/94 Gothenburg, Sweden Hershey/Brynas AHL/SWE

36 HOBBS, Connor 6’2” 191 Right 1/4/97 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Regina WHL

50 LEACH, Joey 6’4” 200 Left 1/29/92 Wadena, Saskatchewan Lake Erie/Fort Wayne AHL/ECHL

78 LEWINGTON, Tyler 6’2’’ 195 Right 12/5/94 Sherwood Park, Alberta Medicine Hat WHL

6 MOORE, Mike 6’1” 194 Left 12/12/84 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Hershey AHL

55 NESS, Aaron 5’10” 182 Left 5/18/90 Roseau, Minnesota Bridgeport AHL

2 NISKANEN, Matt 6’1” 200 Right 12/6/86 Virginia, Minnesota CAPITALS NHL

9 ORLOV, Dmitry 5’11” 210 Left 6/23/91 Novokuznetsk, Russia CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL

44 ORPIK, Brooks 6’3” 220 Left 9/26/80 San Francisco, California CAPITALS NHL

88 SCHMIDT, Nate 6’0’’ 193 Left 7/16/91 St. Cloud, MN CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL

47 SHEA, Bobby 5’11” 195 Right 7/20/90 Harrison Township, MI Hamilton/Wheeling AHL/ECHL

34 SIEGENTHALER, Jonas 6’3” 220 Left 5/6/97 Zurich, Switzerland Zurich SWISS

20 STANTON, Ryan 6’2” 196 Left 7/20/89 St. Albert, Alberta Vancouver NHL

85 TEXEIRA, Keoni 6’0” 208 Left 3/24/97 Fontana, California Portland WHL

GOALTENDERS (7)

40 DEKANICH, Mark 6’2” 192 Left 5/10/86 North Vancouver, British Columbia Zagreb KHL

39 ELLIS, Dan 6’1” 191 Left 6/19/80 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Florida/San Antonio NHL/AHL

31 GRUBAUER, Philipp 6’1” 192 Left 11/25/91 Rosenheim, GER CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL

70 HOLTBY, Braden 6’2” 208 Left 9/16/89 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan CAPITALS NHL

1 KOZUN, Taran 6’1” 165 Left 8/29/94 Nipawin, Saskatchewan Seattle WHL

35 PETERS, Justin 6’2” 215 Left 8/30/86 Blyth, Ontario CAPITALS/Hershey NHL/AHL

41 VANECEK, Vitek 6’1” 187 Left 1/9/96 Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic Liberec CZECH

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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

It would have been understandable if Travis Boyd struggled this past week. Something more important was on his mind.

Boyd spent the week in the hospital with his daughter, Hayden, who had been experiencing pain in her throat. He spent the enitre week in the hospital, not leaving until Hershey's game against Laval.

Boyd turned this trial into something incredible as he scored four goals Friday in Hershey's 6-3 win.

Boyd spoke about the ordeal with Zach Fisch of the Bears Radio Network (transcription via RMNB).

“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”

Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.

A four-goal game at the AHL level would have been an incredible accomplishment on its own. The fact that it came during such a trying time for him makes this a truly inspirational story.

You can watch highlights of the game including all four of Boyd's goals here:

CHECK OUT THIS WEEK’S UPDATED CAPS’ PROSPECT RANKINGS HERE

Other prospect notes:

  • In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid.  Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.

  • Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
  • As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game.  “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”

  • Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
  • Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.

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Game 61: Capitals at Panthers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 61: Capitals at Panthers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers

Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Panthers game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME?

The Capitals (34-19-7) take on the Panthers (26-25-6) Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Florida.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Panthers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:30 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. — Capitals at Panthers
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:30 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Panthers game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME?

The Capitals-Panthers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

CAPITALS-PANTHERS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.