The Capitals will play their third preseason game Thursday in Montreal and are hoping this will be their first win. They last traveled to Habs country March 24 where they took the win with a 6-4 lead at the Bell Centre.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson recorded two goals the last time they were on Canadien ice and will have another chance Thursday when they team up with Alex Ovechkin for the first time since June! That will make for some exciting hockey to watch.
The Capitals releases the complete roster for the game, which airs on NBC Sports Washington and can be heard on Caps Radio at 7 pm.
Ovechkin Kuznetsov Wilson
Burakovsky Pilon Connolly
Malenstyn Sgarbossa Kammerer
Jonsson-Fjallby Megna Walker
Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vaneck sharing time in the net.
WHO To Watch?
This is Jayson Megna’s (15) third time in a row playing a preseason game. Coach says he is a versatile player and may be pushing to see if he has the chops for the vacant center position.
Connor Hobbs (36) is still high on the list for a potential blue line job with the Capitals. This is his second game following a great showing in the Tuesday home game.
Faceoff Players: keep an eye on who is in the faceoff and who is best at gaining possession of the puck for the Caps. Michael Sgarbossa *14) and Garrett Pilon (40), although likely headed to Hershey, may have a few chances in the matchup and will provide another look at their potential contribution to the Bears. Both did well during the first preseason game, Sgarbossa with a 31% win and Pilon with a 58%. Kuznetsov wants to show improvement in all aspects of his game and should provide some excitement when the puck drops.
Goalie Watch – this is the second time this pair has played in the playoffs. Copley is the prime contender for the number two spot behind Braden Holtby; however, the preseason can bring surprise selections and Vanecek will make the most of this second opportunity.
The Canadien lineup is: