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There was a 'Tre Kronor' sighting Wednesday morning at Capitals practice as Coach Barry Trotz tinkered with his second and third lines on the eve of the season opener.

Here’s how the forwards lined up:

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Oshie

Johansson-Backstrom-Burakovsky

Sanford-Eller-Williams

Winnik-Beagle-Wilson

Bigest change was the three Swedes being reunited on the second line, which Trotz nicknamed Tre Kronor last season. The other was Williams dropping to the third line, where he joined Lars Eller, who is set to make his Capitals’ debut Thursday in Pittsburgh, and Zach Sanford, who will be making his NHL debut.

“Swedish guys play a little different; all of us can handle the puck,” Burakovsky said. “We have a lot speed on our line, and a lot of skill. It’s always fun to play with the other Swedes. It’s special.”

Trotz, however, would not say whether he’ll use Wednesday’s combinations against the Penguins.

“The Tre Kronor line is something we had a little bit last year,” Trotz said. “We just did it for practice. I don’t know if we’ll do it tomorrow or not. We have options. I really liked what we had against the Islanders. I thought all three of those lines were very dangerous.”

Against New York, Williams skated on Backstrom’s line while Johansson skated with Eller.

“What we’re really trying to do is make sure I have those interchangeable parts,” Trotz said. “It’ll keep things fresh for some guys.”

 

A better indication of the Capitals' lineup will come during Thursday morning's pregame skate at PPG Paints Arena.