Richard Panik To Take Suspended Alex Ovechkin’s Spot On Top-Line, Tom Wilson Gets Crack On PP1, Travis Boyd Draws In: Capitals at Canadiens Pregame Notebook

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Forward Richard Panik will skate in captain Alex Ovechkin‘s normal spot in the lineup on Monday night when the Washington Capitals take on the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). Ovechkin will serve his one-game suspension for skipping the 2020 NHL All-Star festivities in St. Louis this past weekend.

The Capitals shook up their first power-play unit with Ovechkin out against the Canadiens.

Forward T.J. Oshie will take his spot while forward Tom Wilson will skate in the bumper spot, where Oshie normally plays on the man advantage. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov will remain on the second unit.

With Ovechkin suspended, center Travis Boyd will draw into the lineup for the first time since December 31 and take Panik’s spot on the third-line.

Canadiens defenseman Marco Scandella (lower-body) did not participate in the team’s morning skate, took a therapy day, and is “questionable” to suit up against the Capitals, according to head coach Claude Julien.

Forwards Brendan Gallagher, who has missed the Canadiens’ last 10 games with a concussion, and Jonathan Drouin, who has missed the past 31 after undergoing wrist surgery, skated with the team this morning but neither took contact or will play tonight.

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By Harrison Brown

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2 Responses to Richard Panik To Take Suspended Alex Ovechkin’s Spot On Top-Line, Tom Wilson Gets Crack On PP1, Travis Boyd Draws In: Capitals at Canadiens Pregame Notebook

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Would have preferred to see the power play units tinkered with last month, if not sooner, but having said that, better late than never.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Like to see TB at C and Dowd on the wing for a game…

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