After the interesting times of last night's split squad games, things are a bit more conventional tonight as the Capitals roll into town. (Well, except for the fact that 3/4 of the Capitals squad you'd know on sight didn't make the trip. But, hey, Chimmer is back!) For Columbus, tonight will be the preseason debut for Jeff Carter, Rick Nash, Steve Mason, and Fedor Tyutin, while the rest of the squad is a fairly even mix of guys who played in Winnipeg last night and those who stayed home.
The Capitals started their preseason last night with a 3-0 loss to Nashville, so don't be surprised if they come out of the gate looking for some payback.
The game will be on Bluejackets.com or 1460 AM for those unable to attend the game, and we'll try to get updates in as we can.
Here's my best guess at lines based on the rosters released by the Jackets this afternoon:
Rick Nash - Jeff Carter - Cam Atkinson
R.J. Umberger - Derick Brassard - Maksim Mayorov
Alexandre Giroux - Nick Drazenovic - Jared Boll
Petr Straka - Adam Payerl - Andrew Joudrey
Fedor Tyutin - Nick Holden
Marc Methot - David Savard
Theo Ruth - Brent Regner
Jason Chimera - Keith Aucoin - Joel Ward
Jeff Halpern - Matt Hendricks - Joel Rechlicz
Chris Bourque - Christian Hanson - Jacob Micflikier
Jay Beagle - Mathieu Perreault - Ryan Potulny
Dennis Wideman - Roman Hamrlik
Patric McNeill - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Julien Brouillette
The Capitals also listed a few extra bodies who could be activated or scratched depending on the whims of coach Boudreau: Mattias Sjogren, Jeff Schultz, & Andrew Carroll.
The puck drops at 7pm. Hope to see you down at Nationwide, but if not, go check out the guys at Japer's Rink to see what they're up to as well.
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