By ALEX STEELE The Washington Capitals have had to make some adjustments during the preseason.
After their winless start, coach Barry Trotz has been keeping his options open, and with the emergence of young stars like Alex Ovi and Connor Carrikas, the Capitals have been able to experiment.
But there’s still some work to be done with young players like Ryan Murray and Connor CARRICK.
The two have already been on the ice for just two preseason games, but with the Capitals set to open their regular season on Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators, it’s time for them to make the most of their opportunity.
It’s been a little frustrating for the younger players, like Carrick.
They’re playing a lot of minutes and the team is going to have a lot more depth on the back end of the roster, so it’s tough for them when they come in and the ice time is limited and they have to adjust to the speed of the game and what they need to do, it just seems like they’re not getting as much experience as the older guys are, and they’re just starting to get a little more comfortable with it, too.
It’s been frustrating for them.
The Capitals are set to play three preseason games against the Predators.
The first of those games will be at home against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The second of those will be against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.M.
Eastern at Verizon Center.
The third of those preseason games will also be at the Verizon Center against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Oct 13 at 7 a.m., Eastern.
That game will be a 3-on-3 battle between Washington Capitals players and Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
The second preseason game against the Islanders will be on Friday, Oct 16 at 7 the Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Pirates at Verizon Arena.
The third preseason game is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm, Eastern.
The Washington Capitals are coming off of their first preseason game in four years.
After the Capitals lost in four games to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, they fell to the New Jersey Devils in a shootout in the third period on Sunday.
The Caps will face the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.
The game will start at 7, and the score will be 2-2.
The score will also determine the winner of the first round of the NHL playoffs.
The next game will take place on Friday at 8 p.s.m in New Jersey, and will be televised by MSG+ (broadcast rights owned by Comcast SportsNet New York).
The Washington Senators have made some changes to their roster this season.
The team has traded for Alex Chiasson, who had been the team’s top defensive forward and had an impressive postseason, to a veteran defenseman in Andrew Hammond.
Hammond, 26, was traded from the Calgary Flames on Monday.
The Senators signed former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Matt Hunwick, 28, to an entry-level contract on Wednesday.
Hunwick was a third-round pick (No. 5) of the Senators in the 2011 NHL Draft.
The other two players on the Senators’ roster are former Boston Bruins defenseman Eric Nystrom, who was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots in December, and defenseman Justin Falk, who has not been a full-time NHLer.
The New York Rangers have had a lot to work with.
The Rangers are set for their second preseason match-up in four days against the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins are set against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Oct 12 at 7;30 p:m.
and the Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, Oct 14 at 6:30 a.