Second-year Capitals center Marcus Johansson was the only casualty from Wednesdays ultra-demanding skating session, but it doesnt look like hell miss a game because of it.
Johansson, 21, showed up for Thursdays practice feeling some soreness and was told by coach Bruce Boudreau to take the day off for maintenance.
Some of the young kids sometimes never want to take a day off, Boudreau said. He said he was sore. I said, Listen, I need you. If youre sore and the day off is going to make you better on Friday, you take the day off.
With Johansson missing, Boudreau slid Mathieu Perreault onto a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer and dropped Nicklas Bacskstrom from the top line to the second line, where he was with wingers and Alex Semin and Brooks Laich.
If Johansson is able to play on Friday, look for him to replace Perreault on that top line with Ovechkin and Brouwer. Boudreau first tried the trio back in training camp.
I think sometimes it makes the line a little quicker, Boudreau said of the addition of Johansson. In training camp Marcus wasnt up to par in his own words. Hes starting to play quite well now. So if we decide to make the change now might be a good time.