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McMichael Draws Out Again, Laviolette Absent From Capitals Morning Skate



Washington Capitals Connor McMichael

ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals are looking to turn things around on Saturday as they jump back into game action against the Los Angeles Kings, and they’ll do so with a slightly-different looking lineup than they had on Thursday in Ottawa.

With Evgeny Kuznetsov back after serving his one-game suspension for high-sticking Kyle BurroughsConnor McMichael will draw back out after making his season debut in the 5-2 loss to the Senators and was skating as an extra with Matt Irwin. Beck Malenstyn is also the second man out. Meanwhile, Joe Snively will stay in the lineup.

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Here were the lines at the morning skate:

Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Conor Sheary

Marcus Johansson-Dylan Strome-T.J. Oshie

Aliaksei Protas-Lars Eller-Anthony Mantha

Joe Snively-Nic Dowd-Garnet Hathaway

Dmitry Orlov-John Carlson

Martin Fehervary-Nick Jensen

Erik Gustafsson-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Meanwhile, head coach Peter Laviolette was missing from the morning skate due to a non-COVID-related illness. He is expected to be behind the bench for Saturday’s tilt.