The Capitals returned to the ice at Kettler Iceplex on Wednesday with their star center wearing a baby-blue jersey. That signals a player who will not be on the ice with his teammates after a one-game suspension was levied on Nicklas Backstrom by the NHL on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins. Here are the shuffled lines, complete with defensive changes. Remember, the team spent 40 games without Backstrom after his Jan. 3 concussion. This is nothing new.
The defensive pairings changed, however. John Erskine, who hasn’t played since Feb. 12, was skating with Dennis Wideman. Now, it’s possible Wideman has struggled enough in this series that he’s been tossed in the healthy scratch bin. More likely, given his own struggles on a couple of Boston goals, is that Jeff Schultz is out. He was skating with rookie Dmitry Orlov, who has yet to play in this series. Would be a tough jump for Erskine, who played in just one game after Jan. 31.
Meanwhile, injured goalie Michal Neuvirth was back on the ice after taking off Tuesday. He’s still recovering from a lower-body injury.
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