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Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Laich, Erskine Out; Schilling, Brown In

Mike Vogel brings word that Brooks Laich is headed back to DC and John Erskine is ailing - which means yet another pair of call-ups from Hershey, with recently-acquired forward Chris Brown set to make his Caps' debut and Cameron Schilling drawing in on the blue line. Braden Holtby gets back in net a night after getting the hook in Philly.

So with that in's a stab at tonight's lines and defensive pairs:


Dustin Penner - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin


Chris Brown - Marcus Johansson - Troy Brouwer


Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward


Ryan Stoa - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson


Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Jack Hillen - Mike Green


Cameron Schilling - Connor Carrick

That leaves Dmitry Orlov to finish out his two-game suspension, Laich, Erskine, Mikhail Grabovski and Aaron Volpatti out with injuries, and shiny new goaltender Jaroslav Halak backing up Holtby.