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Capitals Vs. Blue Jackets: Troy Brouwer To Make Caps Debut, Michal Neuvirth To Start

With the Washington Capitals' preseason home opener Monday night at Verizon Center, there was an abbreviated morning skate Monday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The line combinations during the skate were as follows:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer

Alexander Semin - Marcus Johansson - Mike Knuble

Cody Eakin - Mathieu Perreault - Chris Bourque

Matt Hendricks - Jeff Halpern - Jay Beagle

Jeff Schultz - Mike Green

Roman Hamrlik - Dennis Wideman

Dmitry Orlov - Patrick McNeill

Michal Neuvirth left the ice first, meaning he will likely get the start. Brouwer will make his debut on the top line with Ovechkin and Backstrom, who is making a return to the top line in his own right after spending time in training camp on the second line.

The scratches Monday are likely to be Jason Chimera, D.J. King, Mattias Sjogren, Joel Ward, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, John Erskine and Sean Collins.