How the Capitals Could Line Up for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals


The Washington Capitals held a morning skate Thursday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex prior to Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Final series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Based on the line rushes, here is how the Capitals could line up. 


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Starter’s net: Braden Holtby

When line rushes began, Nicklas Backstrom (upper-body, right hand injury) did not take part in them. However during the second rush, Backstrom was centering the third line alongside Andre Burakovsky and Brett Connolly. No changes to the top-six.

When special teams drills began, Backstrom was back in his familiar spot on the top power play unit.

Barry Trotz said after the skate that Backstrom is a game-time decision and hasn’t been medically cleared by trainers to play yet. Still day-to-day.

By Michael Marzzacco


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Game day faces here at Kettler. 😁

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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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