The slate opens on Sept. 21 at home against Carolina then continues the next night in Boston.

Andre Burakovsky will center the second line, with Brooks Laich on the third, Evgeny Kuznetsov on the fourth and Marcus Johansson shuttling to the wing.

"I think it’s one of those things where you wake up and you hope that it’s better, that it’s feeling better," Beagle said.

'If we don’t make the playoffs,' the Caps owner said, 'we’ll all be disappointed.'

The 20-year-old who arrived at rookie camp with few expectations now stands on the cusp of his NHL debut.

Tom Wilson, Jay Beagle, Aaron Volpatti and Dmitry Orlov will all begin the regular season on injured reserve, but the Capitals finalized their 22-man roster otherwise.

The 28-year-old defenseman will report to Hershey.

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"He's making a name for himself," one teammate said. "I love him."

Should they send him to Hershey for a rehab stint or thrust him into the lineup upon his return from offseason ankle surgery?

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