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Wednesday's preseason contest between the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils will be Washington's first game since the widespread protests have broken out across the sports world in response to President Donald Trump's comments on protests during the national anthem.

It will be our first chance to see if any Capitals players decide to join the protest.

Some coaches, such as John Tortorella, have taken a hard stance against such protests.  

When asked after Wednesday's morning skate if he would talk to the team over how to handle the national anthem, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said he would not.

RELATED: FORMER CAPITAL CONSIDERS KNEELING FOR ANTHEM

"We get to speak our piece, if you will, without sometimes ramifications," Trotz said.

"Other countries, there's dire consequences if you speak up. That's the gift of living in the United States and people can express it and I'll support anybody for that."

Trotz also added his opinion on the protest saying, "We're honoring the flag, we're maybe not honoring some of the things that are going on in our country."