Much like the Capitals' Joel Ward, the Devils' Steve Bernier must live with the penalty that changed the fate of a playoff series.
The Capitals will play seven exhibition games beginning Sept. 25, including three games at the Verizon Center and one in Baltimore.
The Kings snapped a stretch of 43 seasons without a Stanley Cup Monday night. Caps fans are now fifth in the NHL waiting line.
Braden Holtby's stellar playoff performance showed he can handle the pressures of the post-season and gives him the edge over Michal Neuvirth heading into 2012-13.
In 15 years under George McPhee the Capitals have had mixed results when they've owned two or more first-round picks.