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Klepis Movin' On Up

Coach Glen Hanlon made an interesting lineup change today, promoting prospect Jakub Klepis to the second line, where he skated between Alexander Semin and Richard Zednik.

Klepis was moved there on an experimental basis in the third period of Saturday's game, and apparently played well enough to warrant a longer look. Hanlon has repeatedly said he likes the chemistry between Klepis and Zednik.

Klepis's promotion means Kris Beech will move down and skate between Donald Brashear and Matt Pettinger, who will switch sides and play right wing. Pettinger, by the way, has been medically cleared to return Wednesday in Denver.

"We did pretty good in the third period," against Tampa Bay, Klepis said of his new linemates. "We had some good chances but we just didn't score."

Zednik "is European like I am, and same with Semin," Klepis added. "So maybe there is more chemistry than when I'm playing with the guys from the U.S. or Canada."

Klepis is scoreless with eight penalty minutes in six games for the Caps.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 23, 2006; 1:23 PM ET
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