The Washington Times - January 26, 2013, 12:03PM

After showing more jump and picking up their first point of the season Friday night against the New Jersey Devils, the Washington Capitals practiced Saturday with the same lines. That meant Joey Crabb and Jay Beagle still on the top line with Alex Ovechkin, who’s back to left wing.

“I wouldn’t call it the first line,” line juggling coach Adam Oates said after the overtime loss. “It’s just more to … let them play with Ovi for 60 minutes so they can skate.”


Oates and his players saw significant progress against the Devils compared to the previous three games. It wasn’t enough to get a victory, but if it’s kind of not broke, why fix it?

Lines and pairings

Alex Ovechkin – Jay Beagle – Joey Crabb

Wojtek Wolski – Nicklas Backstrom – Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera – Mike Ribeiro – Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks – Marcus Johansson – Eric Fehr / Mathieu Perreault

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

John Erskine - John Carlson

Jeff Schultz - Tomas Kundratek

Roman Hamrlik - Tom Poti