Adam Oates wasn’t very upset after the Washington Capitals’ 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
“Miscues. Little things, and I’m sure that there’s probably a goal that [Braden Holtby] wants back, but otherwise, I don’t know,” Oates said. “I’m not really that worried about it because I think the guys are playing good hockey.”
Continuing that, Oates didn’t make wholesale changes to his lines in preparation for Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Alex Ovechkin, who had his best game of the season (again) in Oates’ estimation, remained on right wing alongside Wojtek Wolski and Mike Ribeiro.
Jason Chimera got a promotion to the second line, skating with Nicklas Backstrom.
Here’s a look at the lines:
Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Alex Ovechkin
Jason Chimera - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer
Marcus Johansson - Joey Crabb - Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Eric Fehr / Mathieu Perreault
If the defensive pairings remain the same, it’ll be these:
Karl Alzner - Mike Green
Tom Poti - John Carlson
Jeff Schultz - Tomas Kundratek