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Tonight's 8-Bit Capitals Lines: Battered Blue Line

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Per Mike Vogel, the Caps have some bruised and battered bodies in the locker room right now and a couple of statuses are up in the air ahead of tonight's game. Nicklas Backstrom, who has been sick, will likely play; Mike Green aggravated an upper-body injury and is day-to-day and out of the lineup tonight. Nate Schmidt will make his return in his spot, while Brooks Orpik is a game-time decision with a lower-body injury and may or may not be replaced by recent call-up Cameron Schilling.

So where does that leave us? With some unknowns on the blue line, and the one constant in net as Braden Holtby gets the nod yet again:

8-19-90

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Marcus Johansson

22-83-20

Curtis Glencross - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer

25-16-42

Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward

21-92-43

Brooks Laich - Evgeny KuznetsovTom Wilson

88-74

Nate Schmidt - John Carlson

27-2

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

45-6

Cameron Schilling - Tim Gleason

70
Braden Holtby

That would leave Justin Peters backing up Holtby, Orpik, Latta and Green out with assorted ailments, and Dmitry Orlov and John Erskine still on the IR.