LOS ANGELES | Not much has changed from Saturday night for the Washington Capitals, and that’s not a good thing. They’ll go with the same forward lines Monday night as in their 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
That, of course, means no Nicklas Backstrom, who was sent back to the D.C. area early, along with defenseman Mike Green. The defensive pairs get a minor tweak because of Green aggravating his groin, with John Erskine stepping back in.
The line rushes and D-pairs from the morning skate at Staples Center:
Alex Ovechkin - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer
Alexander Semin - Marcus Johansson - Mike Knuble
Jason Chimera - Jeff Halpern - Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perreault - Jay Beagle
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik - Dennis Wideman
John Erskine - Dmitry Orlov
Expect Tomas Vokoun to make his sixth straight start. Vokoun has a .941 save percentage in those five starts.