Instead of overhauling their defense this summer, the Capitals chose to bolster it from within the organization. Up-and-comers John Carlson and Karl Alzner will get the chance to step up and help this group prove it's got lasting power.
"I think our defense is obviously underrated," veteran Tom Poti said. "When you have a team that scores so much and has such great offensive players, what can you say negative about them? People have to pick on something . . . and our D might not have the names that stack up to the lineup of super forwards we have, but we're all confident in what we do."
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Peerless takes a look at new Caps addition D.J. King.
Alex Ovechkin plays the role of diva and refuses to take off his skates in this very fake, but somewhat amusing commercial shoot. (via Puck Daddy)
Defensemen John Erskine and Tyler Sloan could end up splitting playing duties this season, writes Corey Masisak.
The Caps take on the Preds tonight at 8 p.m. in Nashville. Katie is en route and will have updates from Bridgestone Arena later.
Via the Caps' Mike Vogel , here's tonight's lineup:
*Bruce Boudreau said yesterday the goalies would split the game again.