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3 bold predictions: How will Wilson look in his return?

3 bold predictions: How will Wilson look in his return?

The Capitals will look to end their two-game slide and hand the New Jersey Devils their first loss of the season on Friday (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

Here are three bold predictions for the game.

1. Tom Wilson will get a point

Wilson has served his four-game suspension and will make his return to the lineup. If there is a silver lining to the fact that he is now in the crosshairs of the Department of Player Safety, it is that he will now be forced to focus on his offensive production rather than his physical play. Washington needs more offense out of Wilson and Friday he will respond with at least a point.

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2. Both teams will combine for eight goals or more

It’s early, but Washington and New Jersey are two of the top-scoring teams in the NHL. Add in the fact that the Caps are struggling on defense and we should see plenty of goals on Friday.

3. Washington will have more power plays than penalty kills

Penalties are a concern for the Caps, but they actually aren’t among the most penalized teams in the league. In fact, they rank 15th in penalty minutes per games played with 11:00. New Jersey, on the other hand is 29th at 18:39. For the first time this season, the Caps will finally have the advantage in penalties.

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Calling an audible: Barry Trotz reunites Ovechkin, Backstrom as he shuffles lines for Senators game

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Calling an audible: Barry Trotz reunites Ovechkin, Backstrom as he shuffles lines for Senators game

Prior to the Capitals' game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Barry Trotz told the media he was not changing his lines. Perhaps he was being coy or maybe he changed his mind.

Based on warmups, it appears Trotz has reunited Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the top line. That's just one of a number of changes he made to the offensive lines

Forwards
Ovechkin - Backstrom - Wilson
Vrana - Kuznetsov - Oshie
Connolly - Eller - Smith-Pelly
Stephenson - Beagle -Chiasson

Defense
Orpik - Carlson
Orlov - Niskanen
Chorney - Bowey

Trotz tends to shuffle lines frequently throughout games so just how long we see these combos remains to be seen. These lines, however, are a stark departure from Trotz's thinking over the course of the season. He has seemingly been reluctant to put Ovechkin and Backstrom back together. But, given the scoring slumps the team's top offensive players are seeing now, a change needed to be made.

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Game 23: Capitals vs. Senators Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 23: Capitals vs. Senators Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Senators will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Senators game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

 You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME?

The Capitals (11-10-1) take on the Senators (8-5-6) Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Senators game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Capitals GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington following the game for Caps Extra ,Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Senators
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME?

The Capitals-Senators game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

CAPITALS-SENATORS PROJECTED LINES

Here are the Caps' projected lines for the Caps-Senators game:

Offensive lines
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson
Brett Connolly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Defensive pairs
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Taylor Chorney - Madison Bowey

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Scratches
Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness, Christian Djoos (upper-body injury), Tyler Graovac (conditioning in Hershey), Andre Burakovsky (LTIR)

CAPITALS-SENATORS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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