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Capitals line combinations slowly taking shape

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Capitals line combinations slowly taking shape

Quick hits from Sunday’s Day 3 of Capitals training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Line combinations: Barry Trotz has been trying to find some favorable combinations with his forward pairs and his most consistent have been Evgeny Kuznetsov with Alex Ovechkin; Andre Burakovsky with Marcus Johansson; and Derek Roy with T.J. Oshie. Right wing Justin Wiliams has been skating with a variety of linemates and on Sunday he was with Burakovsky and Johansson.

D pairings: Karl Alzner and Matt Niskanen have spent the start of camp together, as has Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt. With Brooks Orpik (wrist surgery) expected to miss the first five preseason games, it will be interesting to see if Taylor Chorney, who can play both sides, will be paired with John Carlson on Monday night. Trotz said he’s also been impressed by Ryan Stanton, who played 54 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season and will be given a look as the Caps’ seventh defenseman.

Goalie plan: Braden Holtby is slated to start Monday night’s preseason opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, with Dan Ellis scheduled to replace him midway through the game. That would suggest Philipp Grubauer and Justin Peters will split Tuesday night’s preseason game in Boston.

Russian 3-on-3: The Caps have been spending an inordinate amount of time on 3-on-3 play and on Sunday the Russian trio of Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Orlov looked dynamic together, scoring less than a minute into the session. “Nobody understands what we say,” Orlov said with a laugh. “We talk (Russian) and nobody know. It’s good. It’s our secret.” Trotz said he’ll probably “tone it down” with work on 3-on-3s until later in training camp.

Roster reduction: Trotz said the Capitals likely will make their first training camp cuts on Friday or Saturday after the Caps have played their third preseason game (against the Canadiens in Montreal on Thursday night).

 

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

Hockey is one of the most incredible, compelling sports in the world. As fun as it is to watch on TV, it is even more compelling in person and fans in North America are treated to the best hockey in the world as played in the NHL.

But the NHL's not perfect.

SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

Just like every sports league, the NHL is always adjusting and making changes to the game in order to improve it through things like rule changes, expansion, playoff formats, etc.

No sport is perfect and hockey is not without its flaws, but there are a number of clear changes that could be made that would improve both the game and the league.

 SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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