“A few of [those penalties], if they happen like that, then there will be a lot of guys who won’t be playing,” Coach Barry Trotz said of Washington's second-period penalties.
Though Lewington is expected to return to juniors, he's been a pleasant surprise for Capitals brass this preseason.
Keep an eye also on Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov, two contenders for Washington's second-line center spot.
Burakovsky was surprised, both at his goal and at his defensive zone play versus the Sabres in Washington's preseason opener.
Prospect Andre Burakovsky's goal provided the difference, plus notes on Alex Ovechkin, a two-man shutout and more.
Coach Barry Trotz will start Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the top line, but that might look totally different by the third period.
“I feel good,” Orlov said later. “Feel better. Last couple weeks, feel better. No pain. Everything goes, start practicing. Everything doing well. I will see how it still goes. Three weeks, month, we’ll see.”
Ward assumed he would spend the season on Washington's third line with Jason Chimera, which would make sense given their success together last season.
The group includes Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
“I want to establish a protocol,” Barry Trotz said, and so he warned reporters not to read into line combinations.