"They're going to make mistakes. ... I think the young guys are coming along just fine," Coach Barry Trotz said.

In second of back-to-back games, Washington yields a pair of power-play goals and again gives Philipp Grubauer little help.

The 22-year-old Swedish sniper has a tendency to follow droughts with hot streaks.

Washington rallies for 4-3 win as T.J. Oshie, Andre Burakovsky and Jay Beagle also find the net.

Washington's Barry Trotz will also celebrate a milestone Friday night, moving into sixth place for games coached.

The change includes a promotion for Tom Wilson into the top-six forward corps alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. "I'll play upside down or I'll play goalie if I play with those guys," Wilson said to Coach Barry Trotz when told of the plan.

Carlson is playing an average of more than 26 minutes per game, the most of his career.

Five months after losing to the Capitals in the playoffs, the Maple Leafs are establishing themselves as one of the league's top teams with their young core of stars.

Washington holds NHL’s highest-scoring team in check but is shut out in a 2-0 loss.

Eller skated on Tuesday morning, but the Capitals are monitoring his energy level.

Toronto visits Washington on Tuesday for their first meeting since playing five overtime games in the first round of the postseason.

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If Eller is out, forward Tyler Graovac could take his place on the third line.

In years past, the Capitals have parted with prospects and picks to perfect a roster capable of claiming the Stanley Cup. This season they've been hoping to nurture those prospects to fill holes, particularly on the blue line. An injury to Matt Niskanen may end up altering those plans.

Both goals came within 10 feet of the net.

With Matt Niskanen out and a pair of rookies getting time, Washington has no answer in Philadelphia’s home opener.

"That’s opportunity,” Coach Barry Trotz said, “and sometimes you find out a lot about guys when they get an opportunity."

The loss of their No. 1 defenseman is a major blow to an already thin blue line.

Niskanen appeared to hurt his left hand, potentially dealing another blow to Washington's depth on the blue line.

Center hands out three helpers — including one for Alex Ovechkin, who scores his ninth goal — and scores one of his own as Washington handles New Jersey on road.

'Most of the offensive young guys, they think that total validation is scoring in this league, and it's really not,' Coach Barry Trotz said.

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