Marty Erat has spent most of his NHL career as a top-six forward. He opened the season on the Caps' fourth line.
Seconds thoughts on the Capitals opening night loss to the Blackhawks and a look forward to Thursday's home opener.
Despite some impressive performances, the Capitals' ultimately couldn't stop the Blackhawks in a thrilling 6-4 opening-night loss in Chicago.
Mikhail Grabovski had a four-point night but it wasn't enough to stop the defending Stanley Cup champions.