Capitals training camp started with fanfare: Public address announcer Wes Johnson encouraging fans in chants of “C-A-P-S, Caps, Caps, Caps.” Fans who packed the team’s practice facility cheered players as they stepped onto the ice.
One player who didn’t was forward Brooks Laich, who is believed to be dealing with a groin injury. Laich shook off talk of the injury last week, even while he was skating by himself before informal workouts. TSN reported Laich would miss the first one to two weeks of the season.
With Marcus Johansson beginning camp as the
Here are the Caps’ lines without Laich and Tom Poti, who was sent to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on a conditioning stint:
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Marcus Johansson
Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Joel Ward / Tom Wilson
Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perreault - Eric Fehr / Joey Crabb
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik - Mike Green
Jeff Schultz - John Erskine
Cam Schilling - Jack Hillen
Goaltenders: Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth