The Capitals’ line combinations were mixed up rather well Tuesday morning ahead of their matchup with the Nashville Predators.
Washington used a few different sets of lines during the morning skate, so it’s not completely clear who will be skating with whom at Verizon Center this evening. But here is a look at where things might stand.
“Just shaking them up and see what falls out of it, trying to get the right matchups more is what I worry about than just shake them up for no reason,” Coach Dale Hunter said when asked about the lines. “It’s more the matchup against Nashville.”
Alex Ovechkin took rushes with Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer as the morning progressed. (Ovechkin also skated with Jeff Halpern briefly, but the centerman said flatly that he would not be on a line with the star winger.)
Part of the reason why that unit could work against the Predators is to create a sizable trio to go up against what will likely be the star defensive pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter all night. Weber and Suter average 26:11 and 26:51 of ice time per game, so while Nashville may be on the road, expect to see this duo on the ice a lot, particularly against the Capitals’ top six forwards.
The other groups shook out like this:
Whether this is what will be on the ice against Nashville, we will have to wait and see during warmups, so be sure to check the open thread as the game gets closer for the up-to-date lines.