News, notes and quotes as the Caps open the curtain on their 2015 preseason against the Carolina Hurricanes on CSN:
Wild child: One of the Caps’ forward lines for tonight could be one assembled on opening night on Oct. 10. Barry Trotz said he’ll use center Brooks Laich, left wing Jason Chimera and right wing Tom Wilson against the Hurricanes’ top unit of Eric and Jordan Staal and Kris Versteeg.
“It can be (snarly),” Trotz said. “All three are pretty good players and they all bring different elements. You’ve got the speed element in Chimera; Brooks is the veteran guy in the middle who is pretty detailed; and you’ve got a little bit of a wild child (Wilson) who is physical and can bring that aspect to the game.”
Message for Roy: Trotz started tonight’s game with veteran center Derek Roy between shifty rookies Jakub Vrana and Stan Galiev.
Trotz was asked if he has a message for Roy, who is trying to make the Caps roster on a professional tryout:
“Show me your game,” Trotz said. “We’re looking for a guy who can be very useful as a second-line guy or third-line guy. I know he’s killed penalties in the past and he’s been a power play guy. He’s been a jack of all trades for a while and has been pretty good at it.”
Trotz said he will tinker with his forward lines for the first three or four games of the preseason, then “lock it in” for the final three or four games.
Here’s a look at how the Caps started tonight’s game
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – T.J. Oshie
Jason Chimera – Brooks Laich – Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana – Derek Roy – Stan Galiev
Sean Collins – Carter Camper – Riley Barber
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Aaron Ness – Dmitry Orlov
Christian Djoos – Connor Carrick
Braden Holtby – Dan Ellis