Capitals Make Line Changes Ahead Of Game 4; Andrei Svechnikov Skates For Hurricanes

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The Washington Capitals play a very crucial Game 4 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday at PNC Arena (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally or NBCSN nationally). Among the major line changes by head coach Todd Reirden included forward T.J. Oshie being promoted to the first-line while forward Carl Hagelin was demoted to the fourth. Defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler will likely make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut while de. The Capitals are looking to go 3-1 tonight before they head back to the nation’s capital for Game 5 on Saturday. Here is news from today’s morning skate:

Hot Lap

Left wing Andre Burakovksy did his first ever “hot lap” before practice. Started last season by former center Jay Beagle, the Capitals’ tradition happens at the start of the morning skate on gameday for road games. Another player would take over if the Capitals lost a game. Beagle, captain Alex Ovechkin, former head coach Barry Trotz, and center Lars Eller were the only ones to take the hot lap last postseason, when Washington went 10-3 on the road.

Capitals’ Game 4 Projected Lineup

Reirden told media that defensemen will continue to be moved around in the game. Defenseman Christian Djoos and forward Chandler Stephenson are healthy scratches.

Watch Party + Capitals Today

The playoff watch parties are back! Capital One Arena will be hosting a Game 4 Viewing Party Thursday night as the Capitals clash with the Canes. Admission is free, but you must RSVP ahead of time. Doors open at 6:30 PM at the F Street entrance.

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Hurricanes’ Svechnikov and de Haan

After a fight with Ovechkin during Monday’s Game 3, right wing and rookie Andrei Svechnikov was injured during the Canes’ 5-0 win. Svechnikov returned to the ice this morning wearing a full cage. Although he was on the ice and did some light skating, Svechnikov will not play in Game 4 on Thursday night according to Carolina head coach Rod Brind’Amour. Svechnikov remains on concussion protocol and it is unclear whether he will play again in Round 1.

Defenseman Calvin de Haan could possibly participate in the pre-game warmup tonight. Yesterday, he was cleared after an upper-body injury that he has been recovering from following suffering it on March 31, but de Haan did not participate in the Hurricanes’ morning skate today. Brind’Amour said, “We’ll put him in warmup maybe if he wants and hopefully he can play here at some point.”

 

Hurricanes’ Game 4 Projected Lineup

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Left wing Micheal Ferland is out with an upper-body injury from Game 3. Defenseman Jake Bean is a healthy scratch.

By Della Young

About Harrison Brown

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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