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Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Release the Strachan

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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:


Mikhail Grabovski - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin


Marcus Johansson - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer


Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward


Dustin Penner - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson


Karl Alzner - John Carlson

Julien Brouillette- Mike Green


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.