How the Capitals will Line Up for Game 4 and Who’s Taking Tom Wilson’s Spot on the Top Line

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After the NHL and the Department of Player Safety dropped the hammer on Tom Wilson with a three-game suspension, the Washington Capitals will enter Game 4 with some adversity and some added motivation. The team held a morning skate at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday morning. 

NOTES
With Tom Wilson out, that leaves a void on the first line. As the rushes took place we found out that Devante Smith-Pelly will be on the first line skating alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin.

In addition, Shane Gersich will make his playoff debut on the fourth line alongside Alex Chiasson and Jay Beagle.

Tom Wilson still took part in the morning skate to stay ready in case this series goes to seven games or be ready for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He was an extra forward and even though he’s suspended for three games, he’s still allowed to practice with the team.

CAPITALS LINES
Here’s how the Capitals will line up for Game 4:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Smith Pelly
Stephenson-Backstrom-Oshie
Connolly-Eller-Vrana
Gersich-Beagle-Chiasson
Defense
Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Djoos

BEHIND EMENY LINES
Carl Hagelin was skating at the Penguins optional morning skate in a regular jersey once again with a full shield. Mike Sullivan told the media that Hagelin will be a game-time decision tonight. Hagelin didn’t take the scratch’s skate at the end of the skate.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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One Response to How the Capitals will Line Up for Game 4 and Who’s Taking Tom Wilson’s Spot on the Top Line

  1. Pingback: Capitals Enter Game 4 Facing Adversity: “No Matter What Happens, We’ll Always Stick Together and Play for Each Other” -Alex Ovechkin | NoVa Caps

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