Braden Holtby and Justin Peters are each expected to play one full game to close out preseason slate.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz says he's willing to open the season with a pair of rookie centermen.
Capitals center Chris Brown is fighting for a roster spot in training camp and trying to find his way.
A year ago, Connor Carrick was preparing to play against his favorite hometown hockey team. He could begin this season in Hershey.