Capitals switch up line combinations

October 18, 2013

Martin Erat, now on the second line. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

With a 2-5-0 start through the first seven games of the season, Coach Adam Oates made some significant changes to the Capitals’ forward lines as the team returned to practice Friday.

Martin Erat has been moved from the fourth line to the second, with Brooks Laich shifting over to center that unit. That bumped Mikhail Grabovski down to third-line center and Eric Fehr, who was skating as the the third-line center, is now alternating with rookie Tom Wilson as fourth-line right wing.

The defensive pairs have also been altered and look like what they were at the end of the 2-0 loss to the Rangers.

Here’s what the lines looked like this morning.

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

Alzner-Carlson
Schmidt-Green
Erskine/Urbom-Oleksy

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Katie Carrera · October 18, 2013

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