Oates goes back to opening lineup

Oates goes back to opening lineup
October 3, 2013, 10:15 am
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) after scoring a goal against the Calgary Flames in the first period at Verizon Center.

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

From the looks of today’s morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, here are projected lineups for the Caps [0-1-0] and Flames [0-0-0] when they hit the ice tonight at Verizon Center:

CAPITALS

Forward  Lines

Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin

Brooks Laich – Mikhail Grabovski – Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera – Eric Fehr – Joel Ward

Marty Erat – Michael Latta – Tom Wilson

Extras: Jay Beagle, Aaron Volpatti

Defense Pairings

Karl Alzner – Mike Green

John Erskine – John Carlson

Jack Hillen – Connor Carrick

Extra: Steve Oleksy

Goaltenders

Braden Holtby [starter] – Michal Neuvirth

FLAMES

Forward Lines

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

T.J. Galiardi - Mikael Backlund - Jiri Hudler

Sven Baertschi - Sean Monahan - David Jones

Lance Bouma - Joe Colborne - Ben Street

Extras: RW Tim Jackman, RW Brian McGrattan, C Mike Cammalleri [upper body]

Defense Pairings

T.J. Brodie - Mark Giordano

Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman

Chris Butler - Shane O’Brien

Derek Smith - Chris Breen

Goaltenders

Karri Ramo [starter] - Joey MacDonald