Head Coach Barry Trotz hinted on Thursday that if Alex Ovechkin didn’t snap out of his funk, line changes were going to be made. It looks like Trotz is holding true to his words.
At practice on Friday in Los Angeles, Trotz shifted players around in an attempt to revive a struggling offense.
Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin switched positions/lines at left wing. In addition, Tom Wilson and Justin Williams have switched positions/lines at right wing. Jakub Vrana is now the right wing on the 4th line.
#Caps lines at today’s practice in LA: 90-19-77, 8-92-43, 10-20-14, 26-83-13. Defense pairs are the same.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) March 10, 2017
The demotion of Ovechkin is not a surprise. Ovechkin has not scored an even-strength goal in 16 consecutive games. On Thursday night in San Jose, the bottom six provided both of the Capitals goals (Winnik and Connolly). There were no changes to the defensive pairings at Friday’s practice.
— Alan May (@MayHockeyCSN) March 10, 2017
The Capitals have been struggling offensively since returning from their bye week. The Caps are 5-4-1 in the first ten games back.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 10, 2017
By Jon Sorensen