Capital Eyes On Atlanta – Game 1

Washington Capitals (0-0-0) v. Atlanta Thrashers (0-0-0)

7:30 EST – Philips Arena – Atlanta, Georgia

TV/Radio: CSN-DC; Caps Radio 1500

Possible lineup for Washington:

Ovechkin – Backstrom – Knuble

Laich – Fleischmann – Semin

Chimera – Johansson – Fehr

Hendricks – Steckel – Bradley

Schultz – Green

Poti – Carlson

Erskine – Alzner

Neuvirth

Possible lineup for Atlanta:

Modin-Antropov-Dawes

Ladd-Little-Bergfors

Kane-Peverley-Stewart

Eager-Burmistrov-Thorburn

Enstrom-Byfuglien

Oduya-Bogosian

Hainsey-Sopel

Pavelec

Outlook: The regular season is upon us and the Capitals once again open in Atlanta against the rejuvenated Thrashers. The Caps are ready to start fresh after last season’s failings and will bring a formidable lineup to the ice every night. Eyes will be on the newest members of the Caps’ young nucleus, especially C Marcus Johansson and G Michal Neuvirth. Neuvirth will get the start Friday, while head coach Bruce Boudreau placed Semyon Varlamov on the injured reserve list earlier this week. Boudreau said today that Neuvirth could start three of the first four games, including Saturday’s home opener against New Jersey.

Atlanta benefitted most from the Chicago Blackhawks’ offseason fire sale, picking up Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel. Despite a winless 0-5-1 preseason, the Thrashers have its most experienced roster to date. Young players like Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian look to break out, while the former Blackhawks, Nik Antropov and Johnny Oduya will provide leadership. The Thrashers should challenge for a playoff spot and will look to start off fresh against a team it finished 0-6-0 last season.

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