Preseason Game 1: Sabres @ Capitals, 9/21/2014

ARLINGTON, VA. — Hi.  Remember this blog?  Well, our hockey coverage will have a strong online focus for the first month of the season or so, so get used to seeing it a lot more.

Anyway, I write this from Kettler IcePlex in Arlington, Virginia.  The Capitals are, obviously, still holding training camp…and that’s been what I’ve been getting to see this morning instead of a standard morning skate given the 5 PM start time.  Head coach Barry Trotz won’t speak to the media until 3 PM, so any lineup questions won’t be answered until then, but…based on who was in the scrimmages, it’s pretty simple to see which of the guys on the roster listed on the media notes won’t be playing.

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom both still dressing tonight, should you care.  Looks like Pheonix Copley backing up Braden Holtby as well…really hoping to get to see him in action.  Buffalo’s tandem will be Andrey Makarov and Nathan Lieuwen.  The Sabres will also not dress veterans Brian Gionta and Matt Moulson, making an already lean lineup look even worse.  However, second overall pick Sam Reinhart will play, which should generate some excitement.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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