Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin did the team’s first “hot-lap” of the postseason. Last season, former Capitals center Jay Beagle started that tradition, which occurs at the beginning of the morning skate on the road to keep the team loose going into their game. Once the Capitals finally lost a game, the torch got passed on to Ovechkin, center Lars Eller, and former head coach Barry Trotz. The Capitals were 3-1 when Ovechkin did the honors last spring. In addition, they went 10-3 on the road, including all four series clinchers, en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
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The Capitals decided to swap forwards Jakub Vrana and Carl Hagelin in the lineup. Vrana is back on the second-line and Hagelin returned to the third.
With the Capitals up 2-0 in the series and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins each down 0-3 in their respective series, the Capitals are now the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
New Stanley Cup odds from BetOnline
Caps 5/1#Isles 7/1
Golden Knights 8/1
Blue Jackets 9/1
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) April 15, 2019
The AHL’s Hershey Bears begin their postseason run against the Bridgeport Tigers (Islanders’ AHL affiliate) later this week.
Our Standard. All The Time.
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The Hurricanes made changes to their lineup up front, swapping forward Teuvo Tervainen to the first-line and captain Justin Williams to the second. Defenseman Calvin deHann skated at the morning skate. He suffered an upper-body injury in a 3-1 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 31 and has been out since.
Goaltender Petr Mrazek will stay in net for Carolina.
Capitals’ Game 3 Lineup
Caps projected lineup for Game 3:
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Hurricanes’ Game 3 Lineup
Hurricanes at morning skate:
Mrazek (starter’s net)
Extras: Bean, de Haan, Maenalanen
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) April 15, 2019
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By Harrison Brown