Wojtek Wolski will get the chance to play on the Washington Capitals’ first line on the left wing with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Why, you ask?
“Just looking for a little spark, a little something and I thought in the third the other night I put him up there and I thought they had a little chemistry so hopefully we’ll keep it going for tonight,” coach Adam Oates said.
Wolski was impressive in his first two games, scoring a goal in his debut Saturday.
“I’ve been working hard,” Wolski said. “I’ve been moving my feet. I’m getting up in the play and creating opportunities, turnovers. I think that’s going to give Nicky and Ovi an opportunity to get some scoring chances.”
As players pointed out when Wolski was asked about his promotion to the top line, the third and fourth lines both have more goals. But that’s the point: The Caps need scoring from the players who get the most ice time.
Oates’ hope is that Wolski makes use of his opportunity.
“He’s a skilled guy and he’s kind of sneaky out there,” Backstrom said. “He’s a good player to hold the puck. Hopefully it’ll work good for us tonight.”
Asked what Wolski brings to the trio, Ovechkin said: “just more creativity.”
“He’s a skilled guy who can control the puck,” he said. “Find out something new, maybe.”