New lines, injuries
As expected, Coach Glen Hanlon switched up his forward lines at today's practice. He reunited Alex Ovechkin and Dainius Zubrus with gritty right wing Chris Clark. That group scored a combined 95 goals last season.
"I do think that we need puck chasers on every line," Hanlon said, referring to Clark. "Last night [against the Rangers] really proved that."
Hanlon's decision came one day after the coach tried Ovechkin and Zubrus with speedy right winger Richard Zednik. To put it mildly, the experiment didn't work. The line posted a plus minus rating of minus-4 in the Capitals' 5-2 loss on Broadway.
The club also suffered some new injuries against the Rangers. Forwards Brooks Laich and Boyd Gordon joined winger Matt Bradley as having "undisclosed, day-to-day" injuries. (Twenty goal scorer Matt Pettinger is on injured reserve).
General Manager George McPhee said it's possible the Caps will have to call up one, maybe two, players from Hershey (Pa.) of the American Hockey League to fill out their roster for Saturday night's home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes.
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