JANUARY 14, 2019 12:26:38The Washington Capitals are on the verge of losing a game in their new home arena, which opens in 2021.
But that doesn’t mean they are not still on the road, as they prepare for what could be the first of several games against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Here’s a look at what is to come.
14, 2020 12:07:16Washington Capitals forward Jordan Staal will be out four to six weeks with a lower-body injury, but the team will be able to rest him with an extra game of rest, coach Barry Trotz said on Tuesday.
He is expected to be back for the opener of the season on Jan. 15 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Staal’s absence will allow the Capitals to play the rest of their games at the Wells Fargo Center, which will host a playoff game on Jan 14.
The Capitals will be without defenseman Alex Ovechkin, who will miss at least the next six to nine weeks.
The club is also without defenseman Nicklas Backstrom, who is out indefinitely.
The Capitals are still expected to start the season without defenseman Brooks Orpik, who suffered a lower leg injury during the team’s morning skate on Tuesday and has not been cleared to return to practice.
He could return later this month.
The team is also expected to re-sign defenseman Alex Killorn, who was a healthy scratch during Washington’s preseason finale.
The Flyers have lost three straight games to the Capitals, which include a 6-1 loss at home to the Boston Bruins in November.
They are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators in overtime, which they eventually won.
Philadelphia’s last win was on March 12, a 3/19 win at home against the New York Rangers.
The NHL is expected on Thursday to announce its playoff schedule.