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Japers' Rink Apr 15, 2015

Tonight's 8-Bit Capitals Lines: Game On for Game One

Per Mike Vogel, Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle are on the mend - or at least healthy enough to play in a playoff game - and will draw back into the lineup tonight for Game 1. Because of that, the bottom six get a shuffle while the top six remain the same from the end of the regular season. With that in mind, here's a look at tonight's lines and defensive pairings... with Braden Holtby, of course, between the pipes to kick things off: Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer Brooks Laich - Eric Fehr - Jay...
Japers' Rink Apr 8, 2015

Tonight's 8-Bit Capitals Lines: Stan the Man

Per Alex Prewitt, the Caps will send out an all-rookie fourth line to face the Bruins tonight, with emergency recall Stanislav Galiev set to make his NHL debut. Since Eric Fehr is still ailing a bit, the third line gets a bit of a shuffle but the top six remain mostly in tact from Sunday's big win in Detroit. With that in mind (and with Braden Holtby starting his franchise-record 24th straight) here's a look at tonight's lines and defensive pairings: Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer Curtis...
Japers' Rink Apr 4, 2015

Tonight's 8-Bit Capitals Lines: Laich, Glencross Swap Spots

Per Mike Vogel, the Caps are sticking with what's been winning, with one change - a flip of bottom-six left wings. So expect these lines and defensive pairings in front of Braden Holtby when the Caps visit Ottawa with a chance to clinch a playoff berth: Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer Curtis Glencross - Eric Fehr - Jason Chimera Brooks Laich - Michael Latta - Tom Wilson Brooks Orpik - John Carlson Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen Tim Gleason - Mike Green ...
Washington Post Apr 3, 2015

Caps Insider: Joel Ward gives Capitals another multi-goal game from a secondary scorer

MONTREAL — Forward Joel Ward has skated 513 games in the National Hockey League, but after each of his past three, he has sounded like a rookie hoping to impress. He has spoken about the difficulty of understanding one certain language, the nail-biting desire to avoid mistakes and the sound of a charging train. He has scored three times in two nights, climbed onto the doorstep of a second straight 20-goal season and accepted the lessons taught by the star-dusted winger on the other side.Read full article >>
Washington Post Apr 1, 2015

Caps Insider: New-look top line succeeding with ‘pretty good balance’

Forward Joel Ward had spent only three games with his new linemates, but skating beside the Washington Capitals’ two active Russians meant language-barrier jokes were already on the table. “My translation over there is tough,” Ward said Tuesday night. “I figured I just pass it to them and see what happens.”Read full article >>

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