Adam Oates isn’t changing things up for the Washington Capitals’ game Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, even after Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“The team is playing correct hockey,” Oates said Monday. “Yeah, there’s mistakes and we try and fix mistakes every day. But I think the team is playing correct.”
He kept the lines and pairings the same at Tuesday’s morning skate. So Alex Ovechkin will be on right wing with Wojtek Wolski and Mike Ribeiro against Toronto, which will likely start backup goaltender Ben Scrivens (2.96 goals-against average, .881 save percentage).
Michal Neuvirth will start in goal vs. Toronto. He stopped 37 of 40 shots at the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
“It obviously will be totally different game,” Neuvirth said Monday. “We’ve got to be sharp.”
Center Mathieu Perreault and defenseman Roman Hamrlik will be healthy scratches once again.
Brooks Laich (groin) skated before practice and Oates said the forward was “really close” to taking contact in practice.
The lines and pairings:
Wojtek Wolski - Mike Ribeiro - Alex Ovechkin
Jason Chimera - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer
Marcus Johansson - Joey Crabb - Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Eric Fehr
Karl Alzner - Mike Green
Tom Poti - John Carlson
Jeff Schultz - Tomas Kundratek