After a second consecutive loss, Coach Adam Oates tinkered with his forward line combinations for Friday’s practice.
Wojtek Wolski, who is pointless in the past seven games, is skating on the third line with Mathieu Perreault and Joel Ward after spending the bulk of the season playing left wing on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer.
Wolski took a total of one shift in the third period in Washington’s 3-2 loss to the Devils Thursday night. Part of the reason for that is because he doesn’t kill penalties and the Capitals were frequently playing short-handed. But even after Ilya Kovalchuk’s power-play goal gave New Jersey a lead, Oates shortened the bench, opting to play Eric Fehr and Matt Hendricks over Wolski.
Earlier this week Wolski was asked about his scoring drought.
“It’s tough; you never know why. It’s something that you want to work through,” Wolski said. “You don’t want to veer to far from the game plan. I think when you don’t score you want to start changing things because you’re not scoring but I think the best thing to do is to work through it, put in the effort and the results will come. I think you’ve just got to keep it together and really bare down.”
Fehr, who has six points in the past five games, took over the left wing spot on the unit with Backstrom and Brouwer, which is where he finished Thursday night’s game against the Devils.
In other practice notes, Mike Green (lower body) and Marcus Johansson (upper body) are taking part. Defenseman Jack Hillen, who has yet to be cleared for contact and still has roughly a month left in his recovery, is also skating with the team.
Meantime, Brooks Laich (groin) is not on the ice for a sixth consecutive day.
Here are those line combinations: