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Game 1 Preview: Washington Capitals @ Ottawa Senators

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A preview of the season opener as the Sens host the Caps

NHL: Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Enough of the pre-season and practices, let’s get the season started! It’s a hot start with the Senators hosting last year’s President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals.

No changes to the lines in today’s morning skate. Here’s how they lined up yesterday:

Smith-Turris-Hoffman
Ryan-Brassard-Stone
Pyatt-Thompson-Pageau
Dzingel-Brown-Burrows

Oduya-Ceci
Phaneuf-Claesson
Borowiecki-Wideman

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Some notes for tonight:

  • After off-season surgery that may have kept him out past the start of the season, Derick Brassard was cleared to play tonight and is in the lineup
  • Erik Karlsson isn’t quite back yet, but Pierre Dorion is hopeful that he could be in the lineup for Saturday
  • Logan Brown gets to make his official NHL debut tonight, while Alex Formenton gets to wait for his turn
  • Mark Borowiecki goes into the game with a brand new 2-year contract extension
  • On the Caps side of things, Alex Ovechkin will start the season on the second line
  • Recently signed former Sen Alex Chiasson will start on the third line for the Caps tonight
  • Neither team looked especially good in the pre-season, and both will be looking to flip that to start the season

It’s the start of the season, so there are no stats to go with other than the pre-season and who really wants to do that?