One day after saying he is considering a trade request, Knuble found himself practicing on what could be designated as the Capitals second line Wednesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
The Capitals are carrying just 12 forwards and could recall a forward from the AHL Hershey Bears before they embark Thursday on a four-game road trip that takes them to Florida, Tampa, Carolina and Ottawa.
Coach Dale Hunter shuffled his other lines as well, moving Marcus Johansson back onto a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer; Mathieu Perreault between Jason Chimera and Alex Semin; and Jeff Halpern between Joel Ward and Jay Beagle.
The Capitals are also carrying eight defensemen. Defenseman Mike Green also took regular turns with defenseman John Erskine. The other defense pairings had Karl Alzner with John Carlson, Roman Hamrlik with Dmitry Orlov, and Jeff Schultz with Dennis Wideman.