Capitals continue preseason against Red Wings

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Capitals are back in action tonight. It’ll be their second preseason game and they’ll look to bounce back from a shootout loss on Sunday. Tonight’s opponent is the Detroit Red Wings.

Here’s who will be suiting up for the Caps, featuring a lot of familiar faces:

Alex Ovechkin
Nicklas Backstrom
Michael Sgarbossa
Connor McMichael
Nic Dowd
Andrew Cristall
Tom Wilson
Ivan Miroshnichenko
Pierrick Dube
T.J. Oshie
Bogdan Trineyev
Joe Snively
Evgeny Kuznetsov

Vincent Iorio
Hardy Haman Aktell
Alex Alexeyev
Rasmus Sandin
Lucas Johansen
Logan Day
John Carlson
Nick Leivermann

Hunter Shepard
Charlie Lindgren

Now that you know who’s in the game tonight, here’s what the lines should look like based on rushes from yesterday’s practice:

You know what I’m going to say next, aren’t you? Today we not only get to see Ivan Miroshnichenko in action but we’ll see him on a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. That is something I am watching and keeping an eye on tonight and I can’t wait to see what the 2022 first rounder can do.

Miroshnichenko along with 2023 second rounder Andrew Cristall will each make their Capitals preseason debuts. Even though Miroshnichenko was selected in the first round last year, he was still recovering from Hodgkins lymphoma. We didn’t see him last year in training camp nor the preseason.

Last year in the KHL, Miroshnichenko recorded four points with three goals and one assist in 23 games with Avangard Omsk. He averaged 8:27 minutes of ice time per game. He also recorded three assists in four games with Omskie Krylia in the Supreme Hockey League (Russia -2) and 14 points (10 goals and four assists) in 12 games with Omskie Yastreby in the Junior Hockey League (Russia Jr.).

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Puck will drop a little after 7 p.m. and you can catch the game on Monumental Sports Network locally and nationally on NHL Network.