Caps look to bounce back after loss to Dallas
The Capitals’ extended family grew by one early Tuesday when Nicklas Backstrom’s girlfriend, Liza Berg, gave birth to a baby girl, two days past the expected due date.
“I don’t know if we show it as much [as the wives and girlfriends], but we’re definitely excited for him,” Caps teammate Troy Brouwer said. “We see how excited he is to be a dad and how much he already loved the little one even before [she] was born.”
Backstrom skipped Tuesday’s practice and was replaced by Michael Latta, who was recalled from Hershey and skated on the Caps’ top line with Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson.
The Caps made room for Latta who carries a cap hit of $590,833, by placing defenseman Jack Hillen [$700,000] on the team’s long-term injury list. Hillen will miss the next 4-6 months with a fractured right tibial plateau. The Caps are still trying to decide whether to keep right-handed Steve Oleksy on a third defense pairing with Connor Carrick, or replace him with Alex Urbom, who shoots left.
The Caps’ lines and defensive pairings today looked like this:
Marcus Johansson – Michael Latta – Alex Ovechkin
Brooks Laich – Mikhail Grabovski – Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera – Eric Fehr – Joel Ward
Marty Erat – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner – Mike Green
John Erskine – John Carlson
Alex Urbom/Steve Oleksy – Connor Carrick
Braden Holtby – Michal Neuvirth