Following this morning's optional skate, Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau found particular humor in the speculation he was considering moving superstar center Nicklas Backstrom to the second line and promoting Tomas Fleischmann to skate with Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble on the first line.
While Backstrom and Fleischmann did swap spots during yesterday's practice, Boudreau insisted that it wasn't because he had any intention of breaking up his productive top line. Equipment confusion apparently was the culprit.
"They put the wrong jerseys out, and I said, 'Let's see what they look like,'" Boudreau said. "That's all that was. It was just no deep, dark secret, and then I'm reading that Backstrom is on the second line. I don't know. That line would be pretty good. I don't know why we'd call it the second line, but that's me."