Backstrom, Kuznetsov Switch Lines; Defense Shuffles; Boyd, Gudas Out, Leipsic, Siegenthaler In: News From Capitals’ Practice

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The Washington Capitals held a Friday practice ahead of their tilt against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (1:00 P.M. ET on NBC Sports Washington). Here is the latest from Medstar Capitals Iceplex.


A little shakeup occurred with lines and pairs today. Centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov switched lines: Backstrom on the second and Kuznetsov on the first line. Head Coach Todd Reirden is “unsure” if he will keep the switch-up for tomorrow’s matinee against the Devils, but he wanted to see it looked in today’s practice.

Forward Brendan Leipsic drew onto the fourth line for Travis Boyd.

Newly acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon remained on the first pairing with John Carlson, Michal Kempny bumped onto the second pair with Dmitry Orlov, and Jonas Siegenthaler was back on the third pairing for Radko Gudas with Nick Jensen.

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov will be in net for Washington tomorrow. Braden Holtby will start on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sergei, Ovechkin‘s son, skated with papa this morning.


Lines and pairs in Jersey:

The Devils have assigned goaltender Louis Domingue to the AHL’s Binghamton Devils after clearing waivers today.

Defensemen Will Butcher (upper-body) and Sami Vatanen (lower-body) were not on the ice this afternoon.

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6 Responses to Backstrom, Kuznetsov Switch Lines; Defense Shuffles; Boyd, Gudas Out, Leipsic, Siegenthaler In: News From Capitals’ Practice

  1. Marky says:

    I like the idea of switching the centers and new D pairs to just see if some different combos spark something. Gudas has not played the same lately, don’t know what’s wrong there. Sammy needs some work and good to save Holts for the big matchup on Sunday. Good luck Caps, need to start turning it around very soon now.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Was TB that bad?

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

    No, not at all. It feels like Reirden is trying to find a spark.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Gudas plus 20
    Kempny plus 15

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