Fi­nal cuts will wait

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - — Is­abelle Khurshudyan

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.

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