With the Washington Capitals' preseason home opener Monday night at Verizon Center, there was an abbreviated morning skate Monday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The line combinations during the skate were as follows:
Dmitry Orlov - Patrick McNeill
Michal Neuvirth left the ice first, meaning he will likely get the start. Brouwer will make his debut on the top line with Ovechkin and Backstrom, who is making a return to the top line in his own right after spending time in training camp on the second line.