Coach Adam Oates tinkered with the lines ahead of Thursday’s game against Montreal, hoping to find more of a spark on the top unit by adding Wojtek Wolski to the left side. That move send Matt Hendricks to the second line and Marcus Johansson, who struggled in the first two games of the season, down to the fourth.
Meanwhile, Michal Neuvirth will get the nod in net. But regardless of all the lineup alterations, the Capitals can’t forget about the fundamentals as they look to move forward as colleague Barry Svrluga wrote.
Also, keep an eye on Mathieu Perreault to see how he performs after requesting more ice time in a conversation with Oates and General Manager George McPhee. Follow along and discuss the game in the comment section below.
Faceoff: 7 p.m., Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7
Here’s what the lineup should look like:
Goal: Neuvirth, Holtby
Scratches: Eric Fehr, Jeff Schultz and John Erskine.