Aside from those prompted by injuries, there haven't been too many adjustments to the Capitals' defensive pairings this season. The addition of shut-down defenseman Scott Hannan, who averaged 18:37 minutes over 23 games with the Avalanche this season, will obviously change that as Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals find out precisely where the veteran blueliner fits.
It's not hard to imagine the coaching staff auditioning Hannan with several different defensive partners. He's left handed but can play both sides of the ice (he saw time on both sides in Colorado). During his conference call this afternoon, Hannan said he's used to facing opponents' top lines -- a job that's been the responsibility of several different pairs at points throughout the season.