Right wing Stan Galiev will remain in the lineup and Andre Burakovsky will miss his second straight game as a healthy scratch when the Capitals play host to the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Verizon Center (6:30 p.m. pregame, CSN).
Burakovsky, 20, and Galiev, 23, took turns on a third line with center Jay Beagle and left wing Jason Chimera during Monday’s morning skate. Burakovsky was a healthy scratch in Saturday night’s 7-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. He has just one assist in his last 11 games.
Galiev saw 12:08 of ice time on Saturday and recorded two shots on goal. Another missed the net on a prime scoring chance on the power play.
“I think I played well, especially for my first game (since Oct. 15),” Galiev said. “I had a real good chance on the power play I wish I could get back but I think I played good. Beags and Chimmer helped me a lot. Every single shift they talked to me.”
Trotz agreed, saying he liked the look of Galiev, a right-handed shooter, on the second power-play unit.
"I thought he looked good, I thought he was productive," Trotz said. "He made Beagle’s line better."
Right wing T.J. Oshie returned to practice after missing Sunday’s session for maintenance and said he needs to start burying the chances he's been getting with linemates Alex Ovcechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) will miss his sixth straight game. He did not skate with the Caps today.
Here is how the Caps’ lines and parings looked today:
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Justin Williams
Jason Chimera – Jay Beagle – Stan Galiev/Andre Burakovsky
Brooks Laich - Michal Latta – Tom Wilson
Nate Schmidt - John Carlson
Karl Alzner – Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov – Taylor Chorney
Braden Holtby (starter) – Philipp Grubauer
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