Washington Capitals: 5 training camp storylines

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 27: Washington Capitals Left Wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the Capitals practice for the NHL Stanley Cup Final Media Day on May 27, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 27: Washington Capitals Left Wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the Capitals practice for the NHL Stanley Cup Final Media Day on May 27, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, VA – MARCH 02: T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals skates during practice for the 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on March 2, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA – MARCH 02: T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals skates during practice for the 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on March 2, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images) /

#4 Injuries

There are a few players that are still banged up and will miss time but their eventual target for a return is still opening night.

Back in March the Capitals lost Michal Kempny for the season with a hamstring injury and it made the defense unsettling to watch with adjustment after adjustment simply not working out.

ARLINGTON, VA – MARCH 02: Michal Kempny #6 of the Washington Capitals sits on the bench during practice for the 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on March 2, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA – MARCH 02: Michal Kempny #6 of the Washington Capitals sits on the bench during practice for the 2018 Coors Light Stadium Series at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on March 2, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images) /

MacLellan told the media that Kempny won’t be joining his teammates for Friday’s on-ice sessions but his goal is to return to the lineup come opening night.

T.J. Oshie is the fastest among the banged up Caps to get back on the ice. After a collarbone injury in Game 4 of the playoffs that ended his season, Oshie has been skating since July and will be with his teammates for training camp today.

Another injury involved the captain. As we saw pictures and videos of Alex Ovechkin going around town promoting his Ovi O’s cereal that will be avaialble at Giants in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware there was a scrape on his nose from a bike accident.

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Don’t worry Caps fans. You’ll see him on the ice Friday.

The most recent injury happened to top defensemen prospect Alex Alexeyev during the second game of the Prospect Showcase. He suffered an upper-body injury as well as a concussion. It is doubtful he will skate on Friday.