The Washington Times - October 30, 2011, 10:18AM

VANCOUVER | Going into Saturday night, the job of figuring out the lines was easy. Take away an early right wing flip and Mathieu Perreault replacing Jay Beagle, and you could scribble down the following every time:

Ovechkin – Backstrom – Brouwer


Semin – Johansson – Knuble

Chimera – Laich – Ward

Hendricks – Perreault – Halpern

“I think we’re playing all right. I think we [have] really good balance right now,” right wing Mike Knuble said Wednesday in Edmonton. “I wouldn’t change a thing, either.”

But as the Capitals were playing poorly against the Canucks, Bruce Boudreau shook things up. He moved Brooks Laich up to the second line with Marcus Johansson and Alexander Semin, Jeff Halpern to the third line and then Knuble to fourth-line right wing.

“I just didn’t like the chemistry that was going on,” Boudreau said. “I wanted to make a move to generate a little bit more offense.”

Knuble drew a tripping penalty and penalty shot while playing on the fourth line.

Here’s how the lines finished the 7-4 loss:

Ovechkin – Backstrom – Brouwer

Laich – Johansson – Semin

Chimera – Halpern – Ward

Hendricks – Perreault – Knuble