Capitals’ News And Notes: Reirden and Coaching Staff Shake Up Lines Ahead of Game 4, Tom Wilson Team Nominee for King Clancy, and More

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After a disastrous 5-0 whitewashing from the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3, Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden made some notable changes to the team’s lineup ahead of Game 4 on Thursday.

Per The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Travis Boyd will replace Chandler Stephenson on the fourth-line, while Jonas Siegenthaler will replace Christian Djoos (who has averaged just 7:24 of ice time with a minus-3 rating through the first two games of the series) on the third defensive-pairing.

Andre Burakovsky will move to the third-line (which has not yet scored in the postseason), while T.J. Oshie has been reunited with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the first-line.

Capitals’ Game 4 Lineup

Right Wing Tom Wilson is the Capitals’ nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitatian contribution in his community”. Wilson had a career-high 22 goals and 40 points this season. Below is a list of qualifications nominees must meet:

Hurricanes

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, practiced without the services of star rookie Andrei Svechnikov, who was injured during a one-sided fight with Ovechkin in Game 3 and is in concussion protocol, and Micheal Ferland, who was injured in the same game after hitting Wilson. Defenseman Calvin de Haan appears to be the odd man out for Carolina bench boss Rod Brind’Amour.

Hurricanes’ Game 4 Lineup

The Hurricanes’ nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy is veteran defenseman Justin Faulk. After a decisive Game 3 win, the ‘Canes will be looking to even the series at 2-2 at home in front of what was a raucous PNC Arena crowd. In NHL history, the home team has a record of 356-370 in Game 4, a winning percentage of .490.

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By Mike Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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3 Responses to Capitals’ News And Notes: Reirden and Coaching Staff Shake Up Lines Ahead of Game 4, Tom Wilson Team Nominee for King Clancy, and More

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a pivotal game four for this Capitals team! If the good guys lose we’re probably looking at a seven game series. And I don’t think the Capitals have enough muscle to impose their will on the. Canes in a seven game series. Coach Reardon not thinking clearly with the move of Carlson to the opposite defense side. He’s weakened the defensive paring. Kempny goes down for the rest of the playoffs. Never weaken two spots. Not sure this rookie coach is capable of leading this team to another Stanley Cup Championship.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Siegenthaler might be in the lineup, but the top 5 D will do most of the heavy lifting tonight. I’m not sure what’s going on with Djoos… so many bad decisions in the last game. We’re going to see a lot of Carlson in this game. As for forwards, Buro reunited with Connolly should create a spark. And finally – I hope Ovie can shake off the after-effects and pummeling that kid and have a positive influence on the game!

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