Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler will make his NHL preseason debut tonight. The 6-foot-3, 224-pound blue liner was taken by the Caps in the second round (57th overall) of the 2015 NHL draft. Big and mobile, he registered three assists in 41 games with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss League last season and impressed the Caps’ coaching staff in the four-team rookie tournament earlier this month in Estero, Fla. Siegenthaler ranked 12th overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. A native of Zurich, Switzerland, he caught the Caps’ eye in the 2015 Under-18 World Championship when he recorded four assists with Switzerland and was named to the tournament all-star team. He also represented Switzerland at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
3-D race: All three of the defensemen challenging for the role of Caps’ seventh defenseman – Taylor Chorney, Ryan Stanton and Connor Carrick - will be in the lineup tonight.
Kuz-ov-shie line: Once again, the Caps will go with a top line of Evgeni Kuznetsov between wingers Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. The trio failed to score in the Caps’ preseason opener but generated a number of offensive chances.
Remember us? A little less than a year ago, on Sept. 28, the Capitals defeated the Canadiens 2-0 at Bell Centre in the teams’ last preseason meeting. Brooks Laich scored for the Caps and Andre Burakovsky, Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson each added an assist. Goaltenders Justin Peters and Braden Holtby split time in net for the Capitals and combined to stop all 18 shots they faced. Tonight, Holtby will split time with backup Dan Ellis. The two shared a regulation shutout against Carolina on Monday night.
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – T.J. Oshie
Jason Chimera – Andre Burakovsky – Justin Williams
Jakub Vrana – Derek Roy – Chris Brown
Sean Collins – Chandler Stephenson – Stan Galiev
Projected defense pairings
Dmitry Orlov – John Carlson
Taylor Chorney - Ryan Stanton
Jonas Siegenthaler – Connor Carrick
Braden Holtby – Dan Ellis