Capitals and Blackhawks: Anybody’s Guess What Sunday Looks Like

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Washington Capitals: 45-11-4

Blackhawks: 38-20-5

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Sunday will be a day of unknowns and surprises as the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks settle in with line changes, new players, and the pressure of the trade deadline hanging over them. It isn’t clear right now if Brooks Laich, who was placed on waivers Saturday, will be on the fourth line or sitting in the locker room watching. Caps newest defenseman, Mike Weber may be in for the game, but there is no clear word on that either. And then there is Michael Latta who was sick Friday, skated Saturday, and should be on the fourth line, unless Stan Galiev is in again. And let’s make it even more confusing by adding the question about Jay Beagle. Coach Trotz said in Saturday’s press conference that Jay could be put in anytime, including Sunday. Jay himself said, Sunday, Tuesday, or this week.

Now the Blackhawks. They made some moves on their roster this week that are clearly intended to bolster their run for the Stanley Cup. They acquired Dale Weise, Tomas Fleischmann (Flash), Christian Ehrhoff and Andrew Ladd. Additionally the Coyotes picked up Jiri Sekac off waivers. According to the Chicago Tribune: “During Saturday’s practice, Ladd skated on a line with center Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw on the right wing. Andrew Desjardins was on the left wing with Teravainen at center and Fleischmann on the right wing. Marian Hossa (leg injury) did not skate. Ehrhoff was on the Hawks’ fourth defensive pairing with Viktor Svedberg.”

Bottom line, it will be an unpredictable afternoon in the Windy City. Hold onto your hats friends!!

Caps Forward Lines: based on Friday and possible changes

  • Ovechkin Backstrom Oshie
  • Burakovsky Kuznetsov Williams
  • Chimera Johansson Wilson
  • Laich Richards/Beagle Latta/Galiev (We really have no clue, anybody’s guess!!)

Defensemen Parings

  • Alzner Niskanen
  • Schmidt Chorney
  • Orlov Orpik

Goalies

Braden Holtby  Philipp Grubauer

Injury List

Still: Maybe Jay Beagle. And John Carlson(lower-body).

Chicago Blackhawks: What we know now based on Saturday Practice

Forwards

  • Ladd Towes Shaw
  • Panarin Anisimov Kane
  • Desjardins Teravainen Fleishmann
  • Mashinter Rasmussen Panik

Defensive Pairings

  • Keith Hjalmarsson
  • Gustafsson Seabrook
  • Riemsdyk Rozsival

Goalies

Crawford  Darling

Injury List

Marcus Kruger and Marian Hossa

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