Marcus Johansson Dropped To Third Line, Lars Eller Shifted To Wing: News From Capitals Monday Morning Gameday Skate

The Washington Capitals had the day off on Sunday following their 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. The team returned to work Monday morning for their gameday morning skate in advance of their tilt with the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

Lars Eller was shifted to left wing on the third line during the team’s morning skate. Connor McMichael, who had a solid game centering the third line against the Devils on Saturday, remained at center on the third line.

Marcus Johansson, who played right wing on the Capitals first line for his first three games with the Capitals was dropped to the third line.

Vitek Vanecek is expected to get the start tonight. It looks like Nic Dowd could return to the lineup as well.

Peter Laviolette met with the media following this morning’s morning skate.

It looks like Freddie Andersen will get the start in goal for the Hurricanes. The Capitals are 2-o against Andersen so far this season.

Finer Than Carolina

The Capitals have won their first three meetings with the Hurricanes and will be gunning for a season sweep. The Capitals have outscored the Hurricanes 12-5 in the first three games.

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Johnny B Good

John Carlson, who leads the Caps with five points (2g, 3a) in three games versus Carolina this season, enters tonight’s contest one game shy from passing Dale Hunter (872) for the sixth-most games played in franchise history. Carlson has recorded 22 points (2g, 20a) in his last 22 games. Since this span, which began on Feb. 1, Carlson ranks third among defensemen in points, only behind Nashville’s Roman Josi (38) and Colorado’s Cale Makar (29).

Carlson currently ranks seventh among defensemen in points (55), tied for seventh in goals (11) and eighth in assists (44). In addition, he ranks first in franchise history in points among defensemen with 577 points (126g, 451a). With 451 assists, Carlson ranks third in franchise history, only trailing Nicklas Backstrom (742a) and Alex Ovechkin (626a). Carlson is also one assist shy of passing Guy Lapointe (451a) and tying Doug Harvey (452a) for the 43rd most assists by a defenseman in NHL history.

Lars Eller

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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4 Responses to Marcus Johansson Dropped To Third Line, Lars Eller Shifted To Wing: News From Capitals Monday Morning Gameday Skate

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sheary is such a good utility player. Literally played on every line. Good for Axel to sit and watch for a game.

  2. steven says:

    Nice to keep McMichael at center where he belongs and plays his best. Moving MoJo to the 3rd line makes sense as he doesnt offer much on either the 1st or 2nd lines in the way of points or enforcement.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Need to move him to bench and keep Axel in. Except he’s too young.

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