Predators vs. Capitals Preseason Game Preview

Apparently there are still some tickets available for tonight's preseason contest between the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals, so just because Alex Ovechkin's not coming, don't let that turn you away. The Preds are 4-1 so far in the preseason, and actually (sit down) are among the league leaders in scoring, with 17 goals through 5 games (Dallas has 18 in 5, and Columbus has 18 in 6). Who knows, you could be among the first to be in the building for a Goo Goo Goal!

Follow after the jump for the rosters heading into tonight's game, along with a few notes...

Japers Rink is your SB Nation resource for all things Caps, so make sure to swing by there. We'll have a Game Thread up later this afternoon, and I'm guessing they will as well.

First up, tonight's roster for Washington. They're bringing 22 to Nashville, so two of these guys will watch from the press box:

  Number    Pos   Player  Height   Weight   Birth Date 
 17  F  DJ King  6-3  230  6/27/84
 19  F  Nicklas Backstrom  6-1  210  11/23/87
 20  F  Troy Brouwer  6-2  214  8/17/85
 21  F  Brooks Laich  6-2  200  6/23/83
 22  F  Mike Knuble  6-3  230  7/4/72
 25  F  Jason Chimera  6-2  216  5/2/79
 27  D  Karl Alzner  6-2  205  9/24/88
 28  F  Alexander Semin  6-2  205  3/3/84
 33  F  Mattias Sjogren  6-1  209  11/27/87
 42  F  Joel Ward  6-2  205  12/2/80
 46  D  Patrick McNeill  6-0  197  3/17/87
 50  F  Cody Eakin  5-11  179  5/24/91
 52  D  Mike Green  6-1  208  10/12/85
 55  D  Jeff Schultz  6-6  227  2/25/86
 56  F  Chris Bourque  5-8  170  1/29/86
 62  D  Sean Collins  6-1  208  10/30/83
 74  D  John Carlson  6-3  218  1/10/90
 81  D  Dmitry Orlov  6-0  197  7/23/91
 83  F  Jay Beagle  6-3  208  10/16/85
 85  F  Mathieu Perreault  5-10  175  1/5/88
  Number   Goalie  Height   Weight   Birth Date 
 29  Tomas Vokoun  6-0  216  7/2/76
 30  Michal Neuvirth  6-1  199  3/23/88

And for the good guys...

  Number    Pos   Player  Height   Weight   Birth Date 
 2  D  Teemu Laakso  6-1  215  8/27/87
 6  D  Shea Weber  6-4  232  8/14/85
 8  D  Kevin Klein  6-1  200  12/13/84
 10  F  Martin Erat  6-0  201  8/29/81
 11  F  David Legwand  6-2  204  8/17/80
 13  F  Nick Spaling  6-1  198  9/19/88
 15  F  Craig Smith  6-1  197  9/5/89
 16  F  Cal O`Reilly  6-0  188  9/30/86
 18  F  Niclas Bergfors  5-10  194  3/7/87
 20  D  Ryan Suter  6-1  198  1/21/85
 22  F  Jordin Tootoo  5-9  199  2/2/83
 24  F  Matt Halischuk  6-0  185  6/1/88
 27  F  Patric Hornqvist  6-0  188  1/1/87
 33  F  Colin Wilson  6-1  210  10/20/89
 38  D  Jack Hillen  5-10  190  1/24/86
 42  D  Mattias Ekholm  6-4  204  5/24/90
 57  F  Gabriel Bourque  5-10  192  9/23/90
 74  F  Sergei Kostitsyn  6-0  207  3/20/87
  Number   Goalie  Height  Weight  Birth Date
 35  Pekka Rinne  6-5  209  11/3/82
 39  Anders Lindback  6-6  203  5/3/88

Perhaps what's notable from the Nashville side is who isn't playing - guys like Zack Stortini, Ryan Ellis, and Kyle Wilson are considered to be contending for roster spots, but won't see the ice tonight, while Gabriel Bourque and Craig Smith are. With this lineup, which appears pretty close to what we'll see in the regular season, it will be interesting to watch the line combinations and see who steps to the forefront.

As we've noted before, with Mike Fisher's injury situation, Cal O'Reilly presumably gets the chance to be an offensive leader on this team once again - can he seize the reins?

Those of you who can't attend the game tonight should be able to catch the live stream via the Preds website, although regional restrictions do apply.

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