After another set of cuts, the New Jersey Devils have 32 players remaining at training camp and will take their show on the road for their final preseason game. Wednesday night the Devils will be in Washington, D.C., to face the Capitals, a team they beat in their preseason opener, 4-1.
Three goalies, 19 forwards and 10 defensemen remain at camp after 19 cuts were made Tuesday. Against the Capitals, Coach John Hynes has elected to leave behind some veterans: Captain Andy Greene, Kyle Palmieri and Ben Lovejoy will all remain home in New Jersey. Joseph Blandisi, Dalton Prout, Ken Appleby, Brian Gibbons, Nick Lappin and Jesper Bratt will join them.
Wednesday is one final chance to impress the coaching staff before the final roster is set. Jimmy Hayes, who remains with the team on a professional tryout, will have another opportunity to show he belongs on the team. He'll play on the fourth line with Miles Wood and Kevin Rooney. Rooney, who was originally sent to Binghamton on Tuesday, was called back up Wednesday for a final look.
For a second straight game, Pavel Zacha will center the top line. This time his wingers will change to Taylor Hall and Drew Stafford. Marcus Johansson will again play on Nico Hischier's second line left wing. Johansson is making a return to Washington for the first time since being traded from in early July. He said he looks forward to it, but admits it will a little weird being on the other side of the rink after all the years playing in D.C. Coach Hynes has Johansson at left wing again in hopes of developing more chemistry with Hischier. That combination is one they may be looking at for the opening night roster, Hynes said.
Cory Schneider will get the start in net, while Keith Kinkaid will serve as backup.