A look at the lines as Capitals prepare for season opener

September 30, 2013

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

With their roster freshly trimmed down to 23, the Capitals were back on the ice Monday morning for one more practice before heading to Chicago prior to the regular season opener Tuesday.

It also offered a first look at the line combinations that Washington might use in the opener.

Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Erat/Laich-Grabovski-Brouwer
Chimera-Fehr-Ward
Volpatti-Latta/Beagle-Wilson

Alzner-Green
Erskine-Carlson
Hillen-Oleksy
Carrick

Holtby, Neuvirth

At face value, those combinations seem to indicate that Brooks Laich is questionable for the opener. Laich has been bothered by a left hip flexor injury since before the start of camp but has taken part in three straight practices. He’s only skated in one preseason game, though, and the Capitals might continue taking the cautious approach.

If Laich doesn’t play, it looks like Martin Erat will slide into the second line left wing spot, while Eric Fehr will get to extend his experiment at center as the pivot on the third line.

More to come after practice wraps up.

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