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Andre Burakovsky in, Lars Eller out for the Capitals on Sunday

Andre Burakovsky in, Lars Eller out for the Capitals on Sunday

Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky will suit up against the Blue Jackets on Sunday, but center Lars Eller is out, Coach Barry Trotz said before the game.

Both players suffered upper body injuries and missed the final two periods of Friday’s 1-0 victory over the Red Wings.

Trotz did not reveal his full lineup, but he did say forward Paul Carey, who was recalled Saturday from Hershey, will skate on the wing and that rookie Zach Sanford will slide over to center. Sanford saw time at center during preseason.

“He’s played there,” Trotz said. “It’s a natural for him to be there. I don’t think I need to tell him anything other than just, ‘Play your game.’ …It’s another thing he can add to his toolbox.”

Asked why the Caps tapped Carey as the callup, Trotz said there was combination of factors.

“He was playing very well,” Trotz said of the 28-year-old journeyman, who had points in 11 consecutive games for the Bears. “He fits into what we want to do. He gives us a little speed. He’s a guy that’s been consistent from day one; [Hershey Coach] Troy Mann has recommended him. And he’s a guy that we trust on the penalty kill with Lars and [T.J. Oshie out].”

Puck drop is at 12:30 p.m. on CSN. Caps Extra will follow.  

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Sergei Ovechkin meets baby brother Ilya

Sergei Ovechkin meets baby brother Ilya

Where would we be through this pause in the NHL season without baby news? Alex Ovechkin is now a father of two with the birth of his son Ilya on Wednesday. After a few years of Sergei stealing the hearts of Capitals fans, no doubt Ilya will be as cute and fans can't wait to meet him...but we'll have to get in line.

Before we can meet Ilya, he first had to meet big brother Sergei. Luckily, the moment was captured on camera and shared on Instagram.

It's as adorable as you would expect.

Let's get these kids on the ice!

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Report: NHL training camps won't start before July 10

Report: NHL training camps won't start before July 10

Tuesday's announcement of the NHL's return to play plan was a step in the right direction towards resuming the 2019-20 season, but we are still a long way off from that point. According to a report from TSN's Pierre LeBrun, NHL training camps will not start before July 10.

That does not mean July 10 is now the set return date, it simply means training camps will not begin before then.

The NHL has organized its return to play plan into four phases. Opening training camps is considered Phase 3 of that plan. The league is still in Phase 1, which is self-isolation.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday he was hopeful Phase 2, players returning to team facilities for voluntary activities, could begin in late June. Even if that were the case, an early July return for training camps would have been ambitious. Given that, the report that camps would not be able to return until at least mid-July should come as no surprise.

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As for how this will affect the 2020-21 season, the NHL has been adamant that it intends to hold a full 82-game season, even if it means pushing the start back into December and cutting out both the All-Star game and bye weeks. For now, there is no reason to think that plan will change based on LeBrun's report.

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