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Capitals release roster, schedule for 2017-18 training camp

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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:

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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

Defensemen
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

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

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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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Nicklas Backstrom is trying really hard not to get frustrated with lack of goals

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Nicklas Backstrom is trying really hard not to get frustrated with lack of goals

Nicklas Backstrom has made a career out of setting up other players, but what many forget is that he is a pretty darn good scorer in his own right. Just not these days.

Backstrom had three goals in the first six games of the season, but since then he has been held scoreless. His last goal game on Oct. 14 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Offense, in general, has been hard to come by for the veteran center who also underwent a career-long seven-game pointless streak.

While Backstrom has managed to get back on the score sheet with three assists in his last five games, he still can’t seem to get a goal.

“Obviously you want to score,” Backstrom said. “That's a no brainer, but at the same time you've just got to stick with it. I mean, at least I created chances tonight.”

While the goals may not be there, however, the chances are. For Barry Trotz, that’s an encouraging sign.

“Backy was on the bench, I gave him a little tap I said you know the hockey gods will even that out,” Trotz said. “You probably could have had three tonight and he'll probably get one of those leaky lizards go through the legs or through the arms and one from a bad angle. They'll even it out for him.”

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With Backstrom taking on a more defensive shutdown role this season, his offensive numbers have taken a hit. The Capitals, however, do not have the same scoring depth as in recent years and need Backstrom, still arguably their best center, to produce offensively in order to be successful. He is just too good of a player to not produce.

But given his recent play, Trotz is not all that concerned and believes the goals are coming. Backstrom seems to agree.

“The sun goes up the next day anyway even if I don't score,” he said, “So you've just got to stick with it, work hard and hopefully you'll get rewarded.”

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Alex Ovechkin gets stitches to the lip after getting hit by puck, but he remains indestructible

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Alex Ovechkin gets stitches to the lip after getting hit by puck, but he remains indestructible

It's always scary when you see a player get hit in the head with a puck. It's even scarier when you're a fan of the Caps and that player is Alex Ovechkin.

But there's is one thing you should always remember before you worry about the Great 8: He is not built like a normal human being.

Ovechkin was struck in the face by a puck in the second period of Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild. It was a scary moment made scarier by the pool of blood he left behind on the ice as he made his way to the locker room.

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"Anybody who takes a puck to the face, you hope that they're not hurt badly," Barry Trotz said after the game. "Anytime you get hit to the face there's usually pretty good leakage. I saw, I knew he got hit in the face and in the mouth area and there was pretty good leakage around our bench and he went off and we were just hoping that it's not too serious."

Remarkably, it wasn't serious. Ovechkin missed the remainder of the second period, but returned for the third. After the game, there were a few stitches in his lip, but otherwise there appeared to be no serious damage.

Ovechkin said that after he had been hit he "Just tried to feel my tooth and it was fine. Just moving a little bit, but it's fine. It's hockey."

The fact that no serious damage was done turned what was a scary moment into one both players and coach could laugh at afterward.

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"He's a big strong man and he's got a few zippers so he's a lot better looking now that they fixed him up and all that," Trotz said. "It's when you get stitched up, that's the great thing about medicine, they can make you look great."

"It can be much worser," Ovechkin said when asked if he was scared in the moment. "I could lose my teeth."

Nicklas Backstrom had the same thought many of you are probably asking yourself right now: "Does he have any more teeth?"

It was just another reminder that Ovechkin is truly a machine. You know what they say, "Russian Machine...never gets broken."

I think that's how the saying goes.