The Washington Times - January 11, 2012, 10:46AM

As expected, Mike Green (groin) and Nicklas Backstrom (head) were not on the ice Wednesday for the Washington Capitals’ morning skate. In Green’s old spot was call-up Tomas Kundratek, will make his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The lines were switched up, too, with the top combinations jumbled around:


Alex Ovechkin – Marcus Johansson – Alexander Semin

Mike Knuble – Brooks Laich – Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera – Jeff Halpern – Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks – Mathieu Perreault – Jay Beagle

Expected D-pairs:

Karl Alzner – John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov – Dennis Wideman

Roman Hamrlik – Tomas Kundratek

Tomas Vokoun starts in goal vs. Pittsburgh.