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Alex Ovechkin could be used as penalty killer for Caps
The Caps worked on the power play Wednesday, debuting the units that could start the season. The top group includes Ovechkin, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson. The second unit includes Ovechkin, John Carlson, Mike Ribeiro, Joel Ward and Wojtek Wolski.
Oates said he kept the team’s 1-3-1 power-play system intact, but there are some changes.
“We rely on our skill players quite a bit,” Brouwer said. “I know we did before, but our playmakers need to make plays in this type of power play. We have good support, but as long as there are good passes and we can keep the puck where we want to, we should be able to work it around nicer.”
The Caps sent first-round pick Tom Wilson back to the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, leaving them with 22 healthy players in camp.
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