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Barry Trotz shuffles Caps’ top-six forward combos
25.10.2016 21:49

Wanting to revive the offensive team, Capitals coach Barry Trotz made a change to its lines forward before Canada trip on the western route of the team, switching straight on both wings first lines to have Andre Burakovsky play with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. T. J. Oshie skated with center Nicklas Backstrom and left wing Marcus Johansson.

"I just want some guy going," said Trotz. "I think I can the balance a little, just move them. We need to get over our lines, so you move one piece at a time and see what the common denominator is. It is not an indictment to anyone. I think we can get over our lines, so we can continue to do the same, or we can try to make adjustments, so we'll find out now. "

Line changes, especially early in the season and after a loss, are not uncommon, but Ovechkin and Oshie rarely played outside from capitals to Oshie traded before last season. The all-Swede line Johansson, Backstrom and Burakovsky posted strong numbers possession through the first five games of the season when handling certain toughest defensive missions.

But the point of Trotz, this line has not scored much at even strength since the beginning of the season, when Burakovsky scored twice. Johansson got an unassisted goal against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Burakovsky not to play with Ovechkin last season, but both have similar styles; both are not afraid to shoot the puck.

"Let the fire," said Ovechkin. "It's nice to have two shooters on the same line. It'll be easy to find someone Kuzy course. We will try to do our best and try to score goals in the game."

Burakovsky said, "We both like to shoot, but obviously, the guy who has the best hand will get the puck. Only because we both like to shoot does not mean that we will draw from everywhere. We need to give each other good opportunities to shoot. "

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