Capitals Insider: Line combinations


Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Oates on the end of the Ovechkin-Beagle experiment: ‘That line hasn’t hurt us’

The coach takes stock of the Ovechkin-Beagle combination.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:08 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Jay Beagle, Line combinations

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Jaroslav Halak to start against Kings

Notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:06 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Kings, Jaroslav Halak, Line combinations

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Mikhail Grabovski takes part in Capitals’ practice (updated)

Veteran center Mikhail Grabovski participates in practice for the first time since Feb. 27.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jaroslav Halak, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Capitals prepare to face the Kings’ dominant possession game

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate in Los Angeles.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:03 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Kings, Chris Brown, Jaroslav Halak, Line combinations

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Adam Oates finds inspiration in line shuffling from Sharks

The Capitals’ coach explains his logic behind the ever-rotating forward lines.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:39 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Line combinations, San Jose Sharks

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Evgeny Kuznetsov on second line during Capitals practice

Notes from the Capitals’ practice on Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Groin injuries, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Chemistry between Jay Beagle, Tom Wilson pays off for Caps

The hard-working fourth liners contributed to two of the Capitals’ six goals in back-to-back games last weekend.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Line combinations, Tom Wilson

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Alex Ovechkin sits out practice, questionable against Devils (updated)

The star right wing misses another skate with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Capitals hope to bounce back in ‘huge’ game against Rangers

Notes from the morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Jason Chimera, John Carlson, Line combinations, Lineups, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/18/2014

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom reunited as Caps shuffle lines again

Notes from Washington’s Saturday practice in Columbus.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Brooks Laich moves into top six, Marcus Johansson down to third line

Brooks Laich jumps into the top six, while Marcus Johansson moves down to center the third line.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:52 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Practice update

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/05/2014

Capitals searching for balance in new top-six configuration

Can the Capitals find chemistry in the top six with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom separated?

By Katie Carrera  |  03:16 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Braden Holtby determined to improve while waiting for next start

Oates shares some insight into how he’s selected the starting goaltender this week.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:22 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Goalies, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Adam Oates searching for a spark by splitting up Ovechkin, Backstrom

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are split as Coach Adam Oates experiments with chemistry.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Canes, Injuries, Line combinations, Lineups

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/01/2014

Adam Oates shuffles lines; Alex Ovechkin skates with Mikhail Grabovski and Eric Fehr

The Capitals have new forward lines in Wednesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Injuries, Jack Hillen, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Practice update

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Is it time to break up the Capitals’ core?

If the coaches have changed and the systems have changed but the results haven’t improved, what is left to tinker with?

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:45 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Statistical analysis

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Laich and Brouwer not showing much chemistry together

It may be time to revisit the Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer pairing on the second line.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:29 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Line combinations, Statistical analysis, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Mike Green misses Capitals practice with lower-body injury (updated)

The defenseman didn’t take part in Wednesday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:54 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dmitry Orlov, Injuries, Line combinations, Mike Green, Practice update, Roster moves

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 11/07/2013

The Capitals’ young fourth line

Coach Adam Oates hasn’t hesitated to sit veterans for what he believes is an increasingly reliable, though inexperienced, combination.

By Chelsea Janes  |  12:27 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Line combinations, Michael Latta, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Capitals changing up the lines for Ovechkin’s return

Adam Oates shuffled his lines in a big way for practice Monday in anticipation of Alex Ovechkin’s return, but the changes may not stick.

By Chelsea Janes  |  02:41 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Line combinations, Martin Erat

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 11/02/2013

Alex Ovechkin ruled out for Capitals-Panthers game on Saturday

Coach Adam Oates says he wants to give his captain “a couple more days” to recover from a shoulder injury.

By Chelsea Janes  |  02:06 PM ET, 11/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Line combinations

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Capitals look to keep Jets’ frustration level high

Notes from the morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:04 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Jets, Line combinations

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Capitals prepare for longest road trip of the season

Notes from Capitals’ practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Capitals switch up line combinations

After seven games, Coach Adam Oates made some significant alterations to the forward lines.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:48 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Capitals' second line 'still a work in progress'

The Caps' second line has yet to create a goal as a unit, but Oates is confident that the offense will come.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:17 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Forwards, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 09/30/2013

A look at the lines as Capitals prepare for season opener

First look at the Capitals lineup with their 23-man roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:03 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Line combinations

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Joel Ward will play in Game 1 against Rangers

Joel Ward will play in Game 1 against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:58 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Caps-Rangers Game 1, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Joel Ward hopes to be ready for Game 1 vs. Rangers

Joel Ward participates in more drills and other notes from Capitals' practice Monday in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Playoffs, Practice update

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Joel Ward skates but won't face Senators; Michal Neuvirth to start

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sens, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Capitals gear up for final week of regular season (updated)

Notes from the Capitals' practice Monday in Arlington.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:45 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 04/20/2013

Braden Holtby to make fifth consecutive start

Notes from the Capitals morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:15 PM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Habs, Line combinations

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Nicklas Backstrom taking part in Caps practice in Montreal (updated)

A day after he took a slap shot to his left arm, Nicklas Backstrom is participating in practice in Montreal.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Line combinations, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Capitals aim for ninth straight win as they visit Senators

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate in Ottawa.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sens, Line combinations

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/13/2013

Martin Erat will return to Capitals' lineup against Lightning

After missing three games with an injured left leg, Martin Erat is set to return to the Capitals lineup tonight at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Injuries, Line combinations, Martin Erat

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Joel Ward skates for first time since suffering knee contusion

Notes from the Capitals' practice in Arlington Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Martin Erat, Practice update

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Joel Ward to miss second straight game, out against Hurricanes

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:22 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Martin Erat, Joel Ward not on ice for Capitals morning skate in Montreal

Injured wingers Martin Erat and Joel Ward aren't on the ice for the morning skate in Montreal and are questionable for Tuesday's game.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Habs, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Martin Erat, Tom Poti

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 04/06/2013

Brooks Laich to miss Capitals' game at Panthers (updated)

Brooks Laich, who left Thursday's game with an undisclosed injury, didn't make the trip to Florida and will miss Saturday's game against the Panthers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:48 AM ET, 04/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Panthers, Injuries, Line combinations

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Martin Erat arrives in Washington, to play on third line vs. Islanders

Martin Erat will start tonight's game on the third line and other notes from the Capitals morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Isles, Eric Fehr, Jason Chimera, Line combinations, Martin Erat

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/30/2013

Braden Holtby to start, Jeff Schultz back in Capitals' lineup vs. Sabres

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate in Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Sabres, Jeff Schultz, Line combinations

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Alex Ovechkin asks to leave practice early, Eric Fehr skates briefly

Notes from the Capitals' practice before the team leaves for Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, John Erskine, Line combinations, Practice update, Tom Poti, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Eric Fehr out with upper-body injury, won't play against Islanders

Notes from the Capitals morning skate ahead of Tuesday's tilt with the Islanders.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Isles, Eric Fehr, Injuries, Line combinations

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/24/2013

Capitals stick with the same lineup

The Capitals will stick with the same lineup they had in Winnipeg for Sunday night's game in New York.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Rangers, Line combinations

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Capitals morning skate: Brooks Laich on second line, Mike Green taking rushes (updated)

Notes from the Capitals morning skate in Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:59 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Jets, Line combinations, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Maintenance day for Brooks Laich, other practice notes (updated)

Notes from Capitals practice Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Brooks Laich likely to return against Penguins

Based on the morning skate it looks like Brooks Laich may be back in the Capitals lineup tonight in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, Line combinations, Tom Poti

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Tom Poti set to return to Capitals' lineup

Notes from the Capitals' morning skate in Raleigh.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Line combinations, Practice update, Tom Poti

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Marcus Johansson on top line, Mathieu Perreault back in lineup against Carolina

Marcus Johansson is slated for top-line duty and Mathieu Perreault returns to the lineup against the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:38 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Capitals recall Cameron Schilling; John Erskine and Tom Poti out against Hurricanes

The Capitals have recalled defenseman Cam Schilling and it looks like he will play tonight against the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cam Schilling, Caps-Canes, Defense, Injuries, John Erskine, Line combinations, Tom Poti

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Mike Green skates, Philipp Grubauer practices with Capitals (updated)

News and notes from Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/07/2013

Capitals 'fighting against ourselves' to move up the standings

Despite winning seven of their last 10 heading into tonight’s game, the Caps remain lodged in last place.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:44 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Panthers, Line combinations

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Mike Green not taking part in Capitals practice

Mike Green, who aggravated a groin injury last week, misses a second straight Capitals practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Line combinations, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Mike Green not taking part in Caps' practice

Mike Green isn't on the ice for Caps practice, which features a few different line combinations.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Matt Hendricks, Practice update, practice upddate, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Nicklas Backstrom hopeful to play against Carolina, Mike Green set to return

News and notes from the Capitals morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:23 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Casey Wellman, Jason Chimera, Line combinations, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Status updates on Backstrom, Green, Laich and Chimera (updated)

The Caps are on the ice for practice Monday morning but Nicklas Backstrom is missing from the workout.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Eric Fehr promoted, Wojtek Wolski demoted in Capitals practice

Coach Adam Oates tinkers slightly with the line combinations after a second straight loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Line combinations, Practice update, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Mike Green 'game-time decision' against Devils (updated)

Notes from the Capitals morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:17 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Devils, Injuries, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Mike Green skates briefly during Capitals practice (updated)

Capitals defenseman Mike Green skates Wednesday morning but heads to the dressing room just 10 minutes into practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:54 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Practice update

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/16/2013

Capitals prepare to visit Rangers

The Capitals aren't tinkering with their line combinations heading into Sunday's game at the New York Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Braden Holtby to make third consecutive start for Capitals (updated)

News and notes from the Capitals morning skate in Tampa.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Lightning, Line combinations

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Capitals stick with same line combinations at Florida

Capitals sticking with same lineup for rematch against Florida.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Panthers, Line combinations

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Marcus Johansson misses practice, won't travel with Caps to Florida (updated)

Forward Marcus Johansson is not taking part in practice just two days after sitting out against the Florida Panthers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:11 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Marcus Johansson

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Coach Adam Oates shuffles lines again

After the loss to Toronto, Coach Adam Oates mixes up his line combinations.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Caps switch up lines again

In search of a spark with his team back in the cellar of the NHL's Eastern Conference standings, Capitals Coach Adam Oates decided to adjust his lines again at Monday's practice.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Practice update

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Brooks Laich takes part in morning skate in Toronto (updated)

For the first time this season, Capitals forward Brooks Laich took part in an on-ice workout with his teammates.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Leafs, Line combinations

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Capitals stick with same lines in morning skate; Spezza out for Senators (updated)

Coach Adam Oates is using the same lines he showed at the start of the previous two games for the morning skate in Ottawa. Meanwhile, the Senators will be without Jason Spezza.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Sens, Line combinations, Ottawa Senators

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Oates explains why he likes Ovechkin skating with Beagle and Crabb

Coach Adam Oates likes the way Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb can influence Alex Ovechkin to play a more straightforward style of attack.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:52 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Jay Beagle, Joey Crabb, Line combinations

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Alex Ovechkin back on a line with Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb in practice

Coach Adam Oates puts Alex Ovechkin back with Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb for practice Monday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Jay Beagle, Joey Crabb, Line combinations

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/27/2013

Winless Capitals need more from Alex Ovechkin

The Capitals are the only team in the NHL without a win and Alex Ovechkin is currently in his longest goal-scoring drought to start a season. The two are not mutually exclusive.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:01 AM ET, 01/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Line combinations

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/26/2013

One-timers: Lackluster special teams, abundance of penalties troublesome for Caps

Notes and analysis from the Capitals 3-2 overtime loss to the Devils.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, Line combinations, One timers, penalties, Power play

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Wolski joins top line, Johansson to fourth line (updated)

Coach Adam Oates has tinkered with his line combinations ahead of tonight's game against Montreal.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:29 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Habs, Line combinations, Marcus Johansson