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Tonight's Lines: Alex Ovechkin Returns to the Lineup

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Via Chelsea Janes, Alex Ovechkin will return to the Caps lineup tonight after missing two games (and with a different left wing than when he exited it). Here are the line combinations and defensive pairings that Adam Oates is expected to send out in front of Braden Holtby:

Martin Erat - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Brooks Laich - Marcus Johansson - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mikhail Grabovski - Joel Ward

Aaron Volpatti - Michael Latta - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Nate Schmidt - Mike Green

Alexander Urbom - Steve Oleksy

That leaves Eric Fehr (somewhat surprisingly), Jay Beagle and Dmitry Orlov as healthy scratches, with John Erskine and Jack Hillen out with injuries and Michal Neuvirth backing up Holtby.