As colleague Dan Steinberg reported last week, the Capitals will play a preseason game in Baltimore at 1st Mariner Arena on Sept. 20 against the Nashville Predators. The team formally announced the exhibition game, which will be called the ‘Baltimore Hockey Classic’ in a news conference Monday.
According to the Capitals’ release, all full-season ticket account holders will have the chance to purchase tickets for the game beginning Weds. Apr. 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Sat. Apr. 16 at 10 a.m.
A few other quick notes after the Capitals’ first postseason practice:
--Mike Green participated fully in the lengthy, contact practice and afterward said “I feel good on the ice and I’m ready to go.” The defenseman has missed 20 consecutive games since he suffered a concussion on Feb. 25 when he was hit in the head by the Rangers’ Derek Stepan.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday that Green is “ready for Game 1”.
Last week, Boudreau and Green both said that the defenseman would be ready to return for the regular season finale in Florida this past Saturday. But the Capitals decided to not have Green travel to Florida to not “foolishly take a chance”, Boudreau said, of the defenseman getting injured in that contest.
As has been the case for the duration of Green’s time on the sidelines, we’ll just have to wait and see when he does indeed return to the lineup.
--Unrelated to the Stanley Cup playoffs, recently asked General Manager George McPhee what type of role the Capitals take with a prospect like Evgeny Kuznetsov, who will undergo shoulder surgery. Although the Capitals selected Kuznetsov in the first round of the 2010 entry draft he has not been signed to his entry-level NHL contract yet.
McPhee said that while Kuznetsov is not under contract yet, the Capitals will monitor the process to make sure the 18-year-old Russian is receiving the proper care. Kuznetsov has suffered from nagging shoulder problems McPhee said, adding that getting the ailment resolved while the forward is young should make the recovery process easier.