Update: Looks like we already know that Stanislav Galiev will be suiting up in Baltimore. In practice this morning, Galiev skated on a line with Cody Eakin and either Bourque or Samuel Henley.
While Coach Bruce Boudreau won’t divulge exactly who will be playing in the Capitals’ preseason opener tomorrow in Baltimore against the Predators, he did give a bit of a hint.
Boudreau said there’s a “good chance” most of Group A — which includes Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Mike Green, Karl Alzner and Michal Neuvirth — will make the trip to Charm City.
When asked if the team owed it to the fans in Baltimore to play some of its stars, though, Boudreau said he wants to put a strong lineup out regardless of the location.
“They’re fans in our area,” Boudreau said. “I think we owe it to everybody to put a pretty good team on [the ice]. When we go to Columbus [Wednesday] I think we’re going to put a pretty good lineup together. I think we always owe it to paying people to put a good lineup out there.”
It’s been an interesting start to camp for Boudreau, who isn’t accustomed to having a game on just the fourth day of training camp.
“We’re all looking forward to playing in Baltimore, it’s going to be cool,” Boudreau said. “I think every coach would love to continue practicing but I think we’re ready to play.”
— Chris Bourque pulled double duty in practice this morning, participating with both Group B and then Group A. That’s because Bourque could be added to the roster in Baltimore, Boudreau said.