There were a few early-morning changes to the lineup for the preseason home opener against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center.
Tomas Fleischmann, who was originally supposed to play on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble, is "hurting" but Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't go as far as to call it an injury. "No, he is hurting," Boudreau said when asked if Fleischmann was injured. "It's preseason, there's no sense [playing when] we've got 31 guys here. If you're hurting a little bit there's no sense playing."
With Fleischmann out it appears as though Mathieu Perreault will move to the top-line center spot and Cody Eakin will be inserted into the lineup on the third line for his third-preseason appearance.
Semyon Varlamov will start tonight with Dany Sabourin serving as back up.
Here's the tentative lineup:
Alzner, Carlson, Green, Nycholat, Poti, Sloan
-- In other news, Keith Aucoin will be put on waivers today, Boudreau said. If the veteran center clears waivers he will be assigned to Hershey.