Final cuts will wait
The Capitals’ roster is at 28, leaving the team with five or six cuts to make depending on whether it wants to carry 22 or 23 players until top-line center Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is healthy. Trotz said he doesn’t expect the team to make any cuts before Sunday’s preseason finale. . . .
Defenseman Brooks Orpik won’t play Sunday, but Trotz expects to have him back for Saturday’s season opener. . . .
Defenseman Matt Niskanen missed practice Saturday because his wife gave birth to a baby boy.