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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:


Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Marcus Johansson


Curtis Glencross - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer


Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward


Brooks Laich - Evgeny KuznetsovTom Wilson


Nate Schmidt - John Carlson


Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen


Cameron Schilling - Tim Gleason

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.