Pre-game notebook: Fans pumped about Classic

Pre-game notebook: Fans pumped about Classic
September 20, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Crab thrown onto ice at Capitals game in Baltimore

With word of the 2015 Winter Classic coming to Washington still fresh in the air, Capitals fans spent much of their pre-game conversations Friday night on which location they’d choose for the outdoor classic.

“We were just talking about that,” said Evan Schiesser, who was sharing a pregame meal with his mother, Anne, at The Green Turtle outside VerizonCenter.

“I wish there was a way to have it on the reflection pool on the Mall,” Evan Schiesser said, “but that would be impossible.”

“How about the White House lawn?” chimed in his mother, who drives down from her home in Baltimore for about four Capitals games a year.

Most of the questions surrounding the 2015 Winter Classic are expected to be answered at 10 a.m. on Saturday when Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis unveils those plans at the annual Capitals Convention.

The most likely venue for the game is NationalsPark, a 41,888-seat ballpark opened in 2008.

“I’m ready,” Anne Schiesser said. “I’ll be there. Wherever they have it, it’ll be fun. I’ll be cold and I’ll be in a heavy coat, but I’ll be there.”

As for an opponent, there has been speculation the Flyers or Bruins are finalists, but Evan Schiesser said he’d love to see Bruce Boudreau and the Anaheim Ducks.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s like a playoff game in January. I think the Winter Classic is the best thing that’s happened to hockey in a while.”

Tonight’s lineup: Barring any last-minute changes, here is the Capitals lineup expected to face the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks tonight:

Forward Lines

Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin

Jason Chimera – Eric Fehr – Joel Ward

Andre Burakovsky – Jeff Taffe – Tom Wilson

Dane Byers – Michael Latta – Joel Rechlicz

Defense Pairings

Karl Alzner – John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov – Tomas Kundratek

John Erskine – Patrick Wey

Goaltenders

Michal Neuvirth – David Leggio