Capitals Shake-up the Forward Lines


The Washington Capitals returned to practice Friday afternoon, after having the day off on Thursday. It appears head coach Barry Trotz used the time to reconfigure his forwards for the game against the Canucks tomorrow night. 

The new lines have Nicklas Backstrom and Justin Williams returning to the top line with Alex Ovechkin. Tom Wilson was moved up to the second line with Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Line tinkering is not a surprise, but it appears Trotz is going for the full effect with this set of lines. Trotz is apparently looking for more scoring, just six games into the season.

The new third line of TJ Oshie, Lars Eller and Andre Burakovsky is also intriguing. Burakovsky played on the top line last game against Edmonton, with Kuznetsov and Ovechkin. Justin Williams met with the media following practice, and discussed the line shake-up.

As per the Washington Post, “Trotz is putting a net-front guy on every line, which would certainly make sense with the Wilson move.”

No changes were made to the defensive pairings. Head coach Barry Trotz spoke with the media following practice on Friday.


By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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