Here are some notes from today's morning skate:
-- The Caps forwards have made the shift to white jerseys in the morning skate, but based on who took part in the usual scratches practice, it looks like Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon, David Steckel, Jason Chimera and Tomas Fleischmann, along with defensemen John Carlson and Brian Fahey, won't be dressing against the Blue Jackets tonight at Verizon Center.
-- The team is continuing to take every precaution with any preseason injuries, Coach Bruce Boudreau said this morning. Varlamov is expected to skate on Monday, while Carlson, who did not practice the past two days, has a bruise. "The doctor said [Carlson] could play if he wanted to," Boudreau said, "but we said forget it; there's no point."
"We're being overly cautious with everything," Boudreau stressed. "[Fleischmann] practicing the last two days he could have played today, but it's preseason. You see so many things [happen]. Varly's history is he's gotten hurt in preseason and it's taken him a month and a half to get back. We don't want that situation to be the same."
-- Michal Neuvirth said he expects to play the whole game against the Blue Jackets.
-- Steve Pinizzotto is the latest to be assigned to Hershey. The Capitals are now down to 28 players in Washington with 17 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies.
-- Check out the Blue Jackets' projected lineup for the game via the Columbus Dispatch's Puck Rakers blog. Columbus is another team readying to make a trip overseas as the Blue Jackets will open the regular season in Stockholm against the San Jose Sharks.