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The mindset of a hockey player who is a healthy scratch is an odd one. Someone — usually the coach — is saying you don't deserve to be in the lineup. And when it happens to a star, it can be jarring.
The Washington Capitals season-opening depth chart
George McPhee is fond of telling the story of how a year ago the Capitals were coming off a Presidents' Trophy season and still plugged four rookies into their opening night lineup along with Matt Hendricks, who went into camp without a contract. The message to players again this year was: If you're good enough to make it, the team will make room.
The Washington Capitals' performance Sunday in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks may have looked like a team coming together from the outside. It seemed like with most of the regulars in the lineup, this was a good dress rehearsal for a team eager to play in games that really count.
The Capitals' power play: an area of constant worry and woe since December 2010. And while the calendar still says September and there is no reason to panic in preseason, exhibition numbers tell a tale that problems still exist.
The Washington Capitals' race for the final roster spot is down to four players. Through three preseason games, Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren, Chris Bourque and Mathieu Perreault did little to distinguish themselves from the pack.
Bruce Boudreau won't really open up about what he's looking for among the handful of guys competing for the last forward spot, but each player offers something totally different. Here's a look at the combatants, in an estimated order of chance to make the team:
For fringe NHL players such as Chris Bourque, Ryan Potulny, Mathieu Perreault and Christian Hanson, this is a valuable time of year.
Training camp is barely a couple of days old, so the line combinations that Bruce Boudreau throws out there for the Washington Capitals aren't set.