First, Alexander Semin and Donald Brashear are not on the ice right not at K-Plex. So right now the Caps have only 10 healthy forwards on the ice … but John Erskine is wearing a white jersey and skating with the fourth line so make that 11. Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Backstrom have also swtiched places, as have Eric Fehr and Viktor Kozlov.
Here’s what that looks like on paper:
Other teams have put a defenseman up front, but this would be the first time the Caps have done it in the Bruce Boudreau Era. The Caps have actually gone the other way, putting Fedorov and Laich on defense in a pinch.