Washington's roster is down to 53 players.

As the league cracks down on slashing, Ovechkin found himself in the penalty box twice on Wednesday night.

Teammates got a kick out of Jonas Siegenthaler's goof in Montreal.

"We keep putting him with top players, because we think he's going to be a top player,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

The Thanksgiving accessory requires the purchase of a special ticket.

Brett Connolly, while trying to solidify himself as an NHL regular, could also be a top-six forward for the Capitals this season.

Bought out by the New Jersey Devils after a disappointing, injury-marred campaign, the forward is out to prove he still belongs in the NHL.

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Ovechkin will be alongside center Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Backstrom will center wing T.J. Oshie.

The Aussie scored the lone goal for Washington in Monday night's preseason game.

“There's still a little bit of confusion on everybody's side,” Lars Eller said postgame.

The small European country has invested in its national hockey program and is starting to see some big dividends.

"He’s got to get into double digits this year,” Coach Barry Trotz said.

Young prospects aiming for roster spots will get their shot Monday against the Devils, who will debut former Capital Marcus Johansson.

The 20-year-old defenseman lost 24 pounds this summer.

"We've tried to pair guys up where they compliment each other, from a young guy to an older guy,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “It's all about bringing on the next generation."

Chiasson and Jokipakka have more experience than the prospects they're competing with at training camp, but they're not guaranteed to stick around.

Asked to drop pounds after a down year, Washington's captain says he didn't, but he certainly returns in good shape and with big goals.

The Capitals could have two rookies on their blue line this season.

The Capitals captain stands down after holding out hope that he would be able to play in the PyeongChang Games in February.

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