The Washington Times - September 30, 2011, 11:42AM

Meet your (almost) 2011-12 Washington Capitals. We don’t have official lines, but the Caps will throw out an almost-full regular lineup Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center.

“Other than a couple guys, it’s pretty well the lineup that we’re going to go with,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.


Veteran right wing Mike Knuble will get the night off, Boudreau confirmed, as will healthy scratches Mattias Sjogren, D.J. King and Dmitry Orlov.

Mathieu Perreault (banged up) won’t play. Neither will Michal Neuvirth (tightness) or John Erskine (shoulder – still not cleared for contact.)

Tomas Vokoun will start in goal and should play the whole game, as Boudreau said Braden Holtby would be the back-up.

Projected roster with expected lines:


Alex Ovechkin – Marcus Johansson – Troy Brouwer

Brooks Laich – Nicklas Backstrom – Alexander Semin

Jason Chimera – Cody Eakin – Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks – Jeff Halpern – Jay Beagle


Karl Alzner – John Carlson

Jeff Schultz – Mike Green

Roman Hamrlik – Dennis Wideman


Tomas Vokoun

Braden Holtby