The Capitals are using the same line combinations for the second consecutive day at KCI and it’s likely these will be the groups Coach Bruce Boudreau rolls out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Those lines are:
— Nine defensemen are taking part in practice. The only player absent is Dennis Wideman, who is out with a leg hematoma and is expected to miss the first round.
— Boudreau is running a special teams practice with a few different power-play looks but one of the units appears to still utilize the five-forward strategy, with Brooks Laich on the point, that has worked well in recent games.
One of the top two units had Alexander Semin, Marco Sturm and Jason Arnott with Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin on the points. Arnott also occasionally rotated in on the point with Ovechkin moving down.
The other had John Carlson and Mike Green patrolling the points with Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Knuble and Marcus Johansson.