Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Caps Open Pre-Season Against Lightning

The practices have been furious, and players are jockeying for positions. The Capitals seem to have more on their minds than just improvement. It’s a good sign for Caps fans who have counted the days to see the phenom Alex Ovechkin again. But before the quest for a winning record, the Caps must face Tampa Bay in preseason action.

According to Mike Vogel, writer, the depth chart is as follows:

Capitals’ Lineup for Wednesday’s game:
8-Ovechkin, 16-Sutherby, 20-Zednik
43-Fleischmann, 24-Beech, 18-Pettinger
28-Semin, 21-Laich, 87-Brashear
10-Bradley, 22-Fata, 14-Fehr

2-Pothier, 26-Morrisonn
27-Clymer, 44-Eminger
52-Green, 55-Schultz


A couple of names not in the line up like Dainius Zubrus, Brent Johnson and captain Chris Clark. Ben Clymer has moved to defense which he has played before the Bolts moved him up to wing. Players looking for permanent jobs are Thomas Fleischmann, Kris Beech, Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr and defensemen Mike Green and Jeff Schultz as well as Maxime Daigneault.

Richard Zednik will be back in a Caps uniform for tonight’s game. Ovechkin will be wearing the A as assistant captain. Many of the young minor league players hope their efforts in winning the AHL Championship can translate to a spot on the bench at the Verizon Center.

Caps will be looking for those that have shown some improvement over the summer. Preseason has little to do with winning, and more about building a team.

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