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Capitals See Major Shakeup To Lines After Two Straight Losses



Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, V.A. — After dropping their first two games of the 2022-23 campaign, the Washington Capitals are shaking things up in hopes of seeing a win on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

The lines at the team’s morning skate changed drastically, with quite a few promotions and demotions.

First, Washington flipped its first and second-line centers, putting Dylan Strome up to with Alex Ovechkin and Connor Brown while putting Evgeny Kuznetsov with Anthony Mantha and T.J. Oshie. Aliaksei Protas, meanwhile, will stay in the lineup but will move to the third line.

Here are the Capitals combinations from the morning skate:

Alex Ovechkin-Dylan Strome-Connor Brown

Anthony Mantha-Evgeny Kuznetsov-T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson-Lars Eller-Aliaksei Protas

Conor Sheary-Nic Dowd-Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary-John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov-Nick Jensen

Erik Gustafsson-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Darcy Kuemper

Charlie Lindgren

Not only that, but the power play changed, as Kuznetsov was taken off the first unit. Marcus Johansson replaced him, working with Dylan Strome, T.J. Oshie, John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin on PP1. Kuznetsov stayed on PP2, working with Anthony Manthan, Connor Brown, Dmitry Orlov and Erik Gustafsson.

Washington will face Montreal at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena.