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Capitals release roster, schedule for 2017-18 training camp


Capitals release roster, schedule for 2017-18 training camp

With the players meeting on Thursday for the start of training camp, the Capitals released their full camp roster and schedule on Wednesday.

The 65-man roster will be split into Groups Red, White and Blue for camp. It must be trimmed down to 23 players by Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Here is the full roster:


16 John Albert
19 Nicklas Backstrom
82 Robbie Baillargeon
24 Riley Barber
50 Mathias Bau
83 Jay Beagle
17 Chris Bourque
72 Travis Boyd
65 Andre Burakovsky
39 Alex Chiasson
96 Stephen Collins
10 Brett Connolly
97 Jimmy Devito
71 Kevin Elgestal
20 Lars Eller
66 Dustin Gazley
91 Tyler Graovac
67 Hampus Gustafsson
73 Tanner Jeannot
92 Evgeny Kuznetsov
47 Beck Malenstyn
75 Tim McGauley
76 Garrett Mitchell
54 Mason Mitchell
87 Liam O'Brien
77 T.J. Oshie
8 Alex Ovechkin
14 Anthony Peluso
40 Garrett Pilon
94 Damien Riat
51 Kristian Marthinsen
61 Brendan Semchuk
23 Zach Sill
93 Mark Simpson
42 Wayne Simpson
25 Devante Smith-Pelly
18 Chandler Stephenson
13 Jakub Vrana
79 Nathan Walker
43 Tom Wilson

84 Kristofers Bindulis
22 Madison Bowey
74 John Carlson
4 Taylor Chorney
29 Christian Djoos
36 Connor Hobbs
56 Tommy Hughes
21 Lucas Johansen
3 Jyrki Jokipakka
53 Hubert Labrie
78 Tyler Lewington
55 Aaron Ness
2 Matt Niskanen
9 Dmitry Orlov
44 Brooks Orpik
34 Jonas Siegenthaler
38 Colby Williams
95 Dmitri Zaitsev

81 Adam Carlson
1 Pheonix Copley
31 Philipp Grubauer
70 Braden Holtby
33 Parker Milner
35 Adam Morrison
41 Vitek Vanecek


Kettler will be closed to the media Thursday as the players convene for physicals and testing. Media day and the team's first on-ice session will be on Friday. Group White will practice at 9:30 a.m., Group Red at 11 a.m. and Group Blue at 12:30 p.m.

Here is the full training camp schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 14
NHL players physicals/testing, closed to the media

Friday, Sept. 15
 9:30 a.m. - Group White practice
11 a.m. - Group Red practice
12:30 p.m. - Group Blue practice

Saturday, Sept. 16
 9:30 a.m. - Group Blue practice
11 a.m. - Group White practice
12:30 p.m. - Group Red practice

Sunday, Sept. 17
9 a.m. - Group Red practice
9 a.m. - Group Blue practice
12:30 p.m. - Group White practice

Groups will be adjusted for preseason games and cuts as camp continues

Monday, Sept. 18
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11:30 a.m. - Scrimmage for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals at New Jersey preseason game

Tuesday, Sept. 19
9:30 a.m. - Group Blue practice
11:30 a.m. - Group White practice
12:50 p.m. - Group Red practice

Wednesday, Sept. 20
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11:30 a.m. - Scrimmage for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals at Montreal preseason game

Thursday, Sept. 21
Day off

Friday, Sept. 22
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11 a.m. - Practice for players not in preseason game
11:15 a.m. - Scrimmage for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals vs. St. Louis preseason game

Saturday, Sept. 23
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11:15 a.m. - Scrimmage for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals vs. Carolina preseason game

Sunday, Sept. 24
10 a.m. - Group Blue practice
1 p.m. - Group Red practice

Monday, Sept. 25
10 a.m. - Group Blue practice
1 p.m. - Group Red practice

Tuesday, Sept. 26
10:30 a.m. - Group Blue and Red practice

Wednesday, Sept. 27
10 a.m. - Morning skate
11 a.m. - Practice for players not in preseason game
7 p.m. - Capitals vs. New Jersey preseason game

Thursday, Sept. 28
Day off

Friday, Sept. 29
10 a.m. - Morning skate
7:30 p.m. - Capitals at Carolina preseason game

Saturday, Sept. 30
11:30 a.m. - Practice

Sunday, Oct. 1
11 a.m. - Practice for players not in preseason game
2 p.m. - Capitals at St. Louis preseason game

Monday, Oct. 2
Day off


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3 reasons the Caps lost to the Canadiens

3 reasons the Caps lost to the Canadiens

The Caps battled through the rust on Thursday to earn a point in New Jersey. On Friday, rust cost them yet again as they fell 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens.

Here's why they lost.

4 shots on goal in the first period

Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi has had his struggles this season. Yes, he has played better since getting claimed off waivers by Montreal, but getting to play against Niemi instead of Carey Price wass a golden opportunity for the Caps to generate some offense. Washington, however, had very little offense to speak at the end of the night. How did they respond with Niemi in net? By getting only four shots in the first period. Four. They finished with 26 shots on goal for the game, but had they come out swinging in the first and put pressure up early on Niemi, they could have gotten a much different result.


Bad passing

After the game, Lars Eller said "It was one of the sloppiest games we've played if not the sloppiest. I don't think we've given up so any odd-man rushes or chances in one game." In no aspect were the Caps more sloppy than with their passing. Here are just a few examples.

A cross-ice backhand pass in the defensive zone? Really? You are not going to be successful trying to make those type of plays and it cost the Caps. They could not maintain possession of the puck or breakout of their zone and it led to several odd-man rushes for Montreal.


It's not an excuse. The Caps should have played better on Friday regardless, but there's no arguing the fact that rust was a factor. It was abundantly clear that the Caps were out of sync. That will happen when you are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back with no practice time.

Saturday's practice will be absolutely critical since Washington faces a matinee game on Sunday, their third contest in four days.

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3 stars of the game: Grubauer's heroics not enough against the Habs

3 stars of the game: Grubauer's heroics not enough against the Habs

The first time the Caps hosted the Montreal Canadiens this season, Alex Ovechkin tallied four goals as the Caps dominated in a 6-1 thrashing.

Friday's game featured considerably less offense as Montreal just managed to squeak by Washington 3-2.

Philipp Grubuaer got the start and did everything he could to keep Washington in it, but the Caps struggled to find much offense.

Alex Ovechkin did manage to register assist No. 499 as he set up John Carlson on the power play and Lars Eller scored late, but it would not be enough for the Caps to come back.

Here are the three stars of the game.


1. Max Pacioretty: The Canadiens struggled to get anything past Grubauer in this one, but Pacioretty finally did in the second period on the power play. It was simple enough, he found the puck at his feet, turned and shot.

When goalies start to frustrate teams, we see a lot of players respond by looking for the perfect play and give up good opportunities for more difficult passes. Pacioretty was smart, he just shot. He also added an assist on Paul Byron's goal as the puck bounced off the board and off Pacioretty's skate right to Byron.

He ultimately put the exclamation point on the win with an empty-net goal as well to complete a three-point night.

2. Philipp Grubauer: Grubauer certainly didn't look like a backup goalie in this one. He was strong in net all night long, but his best save came in the first period. Pacioretty hit the side of the net to Grubauer's left on a pretty passing play, but the puck bounced out to the slot and Charles Hudon passed it over to Paul Byron on Grubauer's right. Grubauer dove with his arm outstretched and managed to corral the puck into his body to keep it out of the net.

He would finish the game with several more fantastic saves, 23 in all despite the loss.

3. Andre Burakovsky: It would be hard to draw up a better return to the lineup for Burakovsky.

He started on the fourth line, but he wasn't there for long. He had four shot attempts in a first period in which the Caps struggled to get anything going offensively at all. He also had a breakaway opportunity in the third period as he came out of the penalty box. He had Antti Niemi beat, but hit the post.

It was the second time Burakovsky struck iron in the game. Hedid just about everything right, but just couldn't light the lamp.