How the Capitals will Line Up for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals

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The day has arrived! The Washington Capitals will square off with the Tampa Bay Lightning with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line. Whoever gets to four wins first gets to skate around with or not touch, the Prince of Wales Trophy. It all begins Friday night with puck drop at 8 p.m. On Friday morning at Amalie Arena, the team held a morning skate. Based on line rushes, here’s how the lineup should look tonight. 

CAPITALS LINES
Here’s the projected lineup for tonight, based on the morning rushes:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson
Vrana-Eller-Oshie
Connolly-Stephenson-Burakovsky
Smith Pelly-Beagle-Chiasson
Defense
Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Djoos
Starting goalie: Braden Holtby

NOTES
Nicklas Backstrom (right hand injury) wasn’t on the ice for morning skate. Andre Burakovsky was on the ice taking rushes on the third line with Chandler Stephenson and Brett Connolly. He looks ready to go after missing the last 10 games with an upper-body injury (video via Tarik-El Bashir of NBC Sports Washington). Burakovsky told the media that he needs to check with trainers and needs further clearance with the medical staff before playing in Game 1. Barry Trotz said that both Backstrom and Burakovsky will be game time decisions.

Stephenson was centering that third line. Lars Eller once again remains in Backstrom’s place on the second line. Tom Wilson will make his return from his three-game suspension tonight and will be back in his familiar spot on the top line.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Burakovsky worked on the second power play unit. Eller remained on the top power play unit with Backstrom out.

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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