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Capitals Release Roster For Tilt With Wings; Fringe Players Get Look

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Washington Capitals forward Aliaksei Protas

ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals will see several of their regulars draw in for Wednesday’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings, but there are also fringe players that are suiting up as well.

Alex Ovechkin will play in his second preseason game, as well as Darcy Kuemper. However, the team will also see Aliaksei Protas, Joe Snively and Henrik Borgstrom slot in as they look to show what they can do and lock down a roster spot with just days to go until the season opener against the Boston Bruins.

Here is the full roster:

Forwards: Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Borgstrom, Dylan Strome, Lars Eller, Garnet Hathaway, Connor McMichael, Connor Brown, Anthony Mantha, Aliaksei Protas, Conor Sheary, T.J. Oshie, Marcus Johansson, Joe Snively, Evgeny Kuznetsov

Defensemen: Nick Jensen, Dmitry Orlov, Martin Fehervary, Lucas Johansen, Erik Gustafsson, Trevor van Riemsdyk, John Carlson

Goaltenders: Darcy Kuemper, Charlie Lindgren

There will be one forward and one defensemen scratched as extras, but right now, it looks like another look for the young guys as Washington addresses its final roster.

“It’s still training camp,” head coach Peter Laviolette pointed out after Tuesday’s skate.

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Protas, Snively, Borgstrom, Brett Leason and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby have been skating prior to the main practice with the regulars in a separate group. AJF and Leason will not play on Wednesday. They are still at camp, though, and very much being monitored and watched as they take the ice early in the morning before the NHLers skate. Meanwhile, Lucas Johansen is likely a lock for the team as he has been skating with the regulars. If they carry eight defensemen, that will mean he makes it.

Connor McMichael also has a lot to show in Wednesday’s tilt, which starts at 7 p.m. ET. He is still in the running for a second-line center role. However, his preseason hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. He has been on the wing in practice. With Strome and Eller on the roster, it is unclear where he will start against Detroit.

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