While Nicklas Backstrom has a pair of assists and Alex Ovechkin one assist, the Capitals’ top line has not registered a goal in two games. It has been the supporting cast that has provided the offense.
“When people were talking about this team, they were talking about the depth. The bottom six forwards in the two games, I think have been the key,” coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday night. “Eventually the top six are going to start doing what they’re supposed to be doing. But right now it’s the bottom six.”
Seeking to shake up the top six, Boudreau shifted Troy Brouwer to the top line for Wednesday’s practice, making Mike Knuble the second-line right wing with Alexander Semin and Marcus Johansson.
“Just move them around; see how it would look today,” Boudreau said.
Brouwer, who scored his first goal with Washington on Monday, similarly shook off the move.
“Obviously [Boudreau] likes to juggle his lines, and I’m sure it’s not going to be the last time that I’m moved around the lineup,” Brouwer said. “So it’s not too big of a deal – I’m not making it a big deal.”
The idea before was to have Brouwer on the left wing, where he was comfortable on his forehand. But with Knuble without a point through two games and the top line unable to produce, it’s not surprising a change was made.