Capitals Swap Jakub Vrana, Carl Hagelin On The Wing; Hot Lap Returns

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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.

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.

The AHL’s Hershey Bears begin their postseason run against the Bridgeport Tigers (Islanders’ AHL affiliate) later this week.



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.

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By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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