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On Monday, the Washington Capitals will play their first preseason game of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes. It will be televised on CSN Washington. No matter what the score, the Caps and Canes will experiment with the NHL’s new overtime format: five minutes of three-on-three hockey.

“Not a lot of [games] are going to go to shootouts, which is unfortunate,” TJ Oshie told The Washington Times on Sunday, smiling. “But, I think it’s going to be fun to watch.”

Over the weekend, Barry Trotz had his team go through three-on-three drills, giving the players an opportunity to get a feel for the open ice. He didn’t always use two forwards together with a defenseman.

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On Saturday, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner spoke to the media and predicted big things from a player likely slated for the team’s third defensive pairing.

“It’s just fun to see him handle the puck out there and do some of the things he does,” Alzner said to NHL.com’s Katie Brown. “He’s a very highly skilled player and he can be a game-breaker for us. It’ll be a lot of fun to watch.”

The player Alzner is talking about: Dmitry Orlov.

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Over Analyzing Lines On the Third Day of Camp

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Let me be clear: I don’t care about the preseason of any sport, not even hockey. Takeaways from preseason are often worthless, for a wide variety of reasons. Intersquad scrimmages are even further down the ladder of things we should care about and read into. And, considering line combinations aren’t worth getting worked up about on a day-to-day basis during the season, no one should read much into lines from a scrimmage at training camp.

But let’s do it anyway.

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While Andre Burakovsky was one of the team’s top possession wingers last year, he will begin the preseason at center – just like he did as a rookie. Last season, Burakovsky tallied 12 points in his first 15 games, most of which he spent up the middle.

“I’m going to start at center,” Burakovsky said to NHL.com’s Katie Brown after his on-ice session Saturday. “I’ve been practicing at center, I was at center today, and it felt good. I have some chemistry with [Marcus Johansson] and [Garrett Mitchell]. It felt good out there. It’s a lot more responsibility but it felt good.”

With Nicklas Backstrom slated to potentially miss the entire month of October recovering from hip surgery, Evgeny Kuznetsov is the most likely candidate to move up and center fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin. That will leave Burakovsky, Brooks Laich, Jay Beagle, Michael Latta, and Derek Roy all battling it out to center the team’s other three lines.

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On the first day of Training Camp, players debuted new Caps shirts. Conceptualized by head coach Barry Trotz, the shirts feature the same Caps design on the front. On the back, they feature one of three words: strength, discipline, or structure.

Trotz explained his reasoning why he picked these words to the Caps’ Mike Vogel.

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Day One of Caps Training Camp In Photos

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Friday was Media Day at Kettler as the Capitals opened their 2015 Training Camp. Training Camp will last until October 6, by which time the final roster should be selected.

There are three groups hitting the ice the first few days of camp, which comprises a total of 64 players. The groups will start being “adjusted” starting Sunday, September 20th. Day One was focused on drills on the Arlington Rink, and skate tests on the Capitals Rink. As the rounds of players raced back and forth across the ice, their teammates crowded the benches and behind the glass to watch and support. Jay Beagle spent time after finishing his laps to stay on the ice to encourage his teammates. Gotta love this team.

Check out the photos from #CapsCamp Day One below:

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For the last eight seasons, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have been one of the league’s top performing duos– the cheese to one other’s macaroni, if you will. Friday, on the first day of the Capitals’ 2015-16 Training Camp, the straw-haired Swedish superstar center was asked just what it is that makes number eight so great.

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Alex Ovechkin is back and so are his amazing quotes. Today after the Caps’ first on-ice practice of the year, Ovechkin spoke to the media and waxed philosophical.

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Wednesday afternoon, hockey got even closer as the Caps announced their 64-man roster for training camp. Players must report for physicals and testing on Thursday. Friday is the first on-ice and open-to-the-public practice. It begins at 9:30 AM.

Here is the full roster in both alphabetical and numerical order.

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Welcome back to #AbCity. (Photo: @liam_o_brien_)

This week, Caps rookies have been participating in a prospect tournament in Estero, Florida, along with three other NHL teams: the Florida Panthers, the Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. So far, the baby Caps have a 1-1 record, falling 2-1 against Florida Saturday and winning 5-2 Sunday against the Bolts.

Today, the prospects got a much needed day off before their final game Tuesday and spent it relaxing in the sun at Naples Beach. Liam O’Brien posted the above photo on Instagram with the caption, “We’re here for hockey.”

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