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“He’s a young kid he’s still learning the game, there’s little things,” Oates said. “He’s a natural center we’ve got him on wing so I’m sure some of his reads and decisions are based on that. We showed him a lot of video [Wednesday] and just moved him today with [Perreault] to see if they can get a little spark and help him out.”

Oates said Johansson wasn’t using his strength, skating, well enough against the Jets. That’s what earned him a seat for the game’s final 50 minutes.

Johansson, to his credit, was self-critical.

“I need to get better,” he said. “That’s the main thing: I didn’t play good enough.”

Ice chips

• Michal Neuvirth started in net against Montreal, his first game in a Caps uniform since April 5, when he injured his hip.

• Brooks Laich (groin) did not skate with his teammates Wednesday. The team has not revealed any time frame for the forward to return to game action.