Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Release the Strachan

Per Katie Carrera, the Caps will reunite Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin on the top line (with faux-winger Mikhail Grabovski on the other side), and recently-recalled Tyson Strachan draws in on the blue line. With Jaroslav Halak expected to start the first of the weekend's back-to-back games, here's what the lines and defensive pairs should look like tonight:

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Mikhail Grabovski - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

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Marcus Johansson - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer

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Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward

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Dustin Penner - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson

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Karl Alzner - John Carlson

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Julien Brouillette- Mike Green

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Dmitry Orlov - Tyson Strachan

That leaves Connor Carrick and John Erskine out as healthy scratches, Brooks Laich and Aaron Volpatti out with injuries, and Braden Holtby as Halak's backup.

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