Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Alex Ovechkin Out, Michal Neuvirth, John Erskine In

Per Katie Carrera, Alex Ovechkin will miss tonight's game in Jersey with a groin injury (because of course) and John Erskine draws back in replacing Nate Schmidt, so here are tonight's projected lines (interesting second line) and defensive pairings, with Michal Neuvirth getting the start between the pipes:

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Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer

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Martin Erat - Mikhail Grabovski - Eric Fehr

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Jason Chimera - Brooks Laich - Joel Ward

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Aaron Volpatti - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

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Karl Alzner - John Carlson

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Dmitry Orlov - Mike Green

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John Erskine - Connor Carrick

That leaves Schmidt as the lone healthy scratch, Ovechkin and Jack Hillen out with injuries, and Braden Holtby backing up Neuvirth.

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