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Oates: No reason to change Capitals lineup

Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Oates: No reason to change Capitals lineup

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates said Thursday following his team's morning skate that he would use the same lineup against the Calgary Flames (7 p.m. ET, TSN) that he dressed for the team's season-opening 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Oates said he felt no need to change things, "Because it [Tuesday] was a winnable game. One game is not a fair evaluation, so give the guys another chance."

After he made those comments, he was forced to make one change. To make room on the roster for defenseman Alexander Urbom, who was claimed off waivers from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, fourth-line center Michael Latta was sent to Hershey of the American Hockey League. That likely means Jay Beagle will make his season debut, skating on the fourth line between Martin Erat and Tom Wilson.

For the Flames, Karri Ramo is expected to make the start in goal; it would be his first since April 9, 2009, when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning and lost 4-2 -- to the Capitals.

Here are the lineups each team likely will use Thursday:

CAPITALS

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Brooks Laich - Mikhail Grabovski - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward

Martin Erat - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

John Erskine - John Carlson

Jack Hillen - Connor Carrick

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Aaron Volpatti, Alexander Urbom, Steve Oleksy

FLAMES

Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Lee Stempniak

TJ Galiardi - Mikael Backlund - Jiri Hudler

Sven Baertschi - Sean Monahan - David Jones

Lance Bouma - Ben Street - Brian McGrattan

TJ Brodie - Mark Giordano

Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman

Shane O'Brien - Chris Butler

Karri Ramo

Joey MacDonald

Injured: Mike Cammalleri (hand), Christopher Breen (shoulder)

Scratched: Tim Jackman, Joe Colborne, Derek Smith

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