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Predators to get Wilson back in lineup

Capitals' Johansson expected to return

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

CAPITALS (38-9-4) at PREDATORS (25-20-8) 

TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSN-DC, FS-TN, NHL.TV

NASHVILLE - Center Marcus Johansson will return to the lineup for the Washington Capitals against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Johansson missed four games with an upper-body injury and is looking forward to getting back on the ice.

"I think people think that it's kind of a little vacation when you get hurt, but it's not," Johansson said. "It's 10 times worse than playing. You're out there skating by yourself, and you're in the gym trying to get better. It's a lot worse than people think. You do everything you can to get back."

The Capitals have won three consecutive games and begin a three-game Central Division road trip against the Predators. They have gotten consistent contribution from their lineup for the majority of the season, and hope to continue that Tuesday.

"I think throughout our whole lineup there's been a lot of heroes different nights," Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said. "Obviously you look at all of the goals [Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin] scores, he's a big part of that, but a lot of it is little plays guys sacrifice to get in those scoring opportunities."

The Predators also are expected to get a boost to their lineup. Forward Colin Wilson has been out with a lower-body injury and participated in a full practice Monday on a line with Mike Fisher and Craig Smith. He's expected to play for the first time since Jan. 8.

"I liked the way I was playing before I got hurt," Wilson told the Predators website Monday. "The bounces had started coming and I think I was playing with a lot more confidence with the puck. I'm going to try and keep that confidence up when I'm out there. I felt good out there [today]."

Here are the projected lineups:


Alexander Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams

Jason Chimera - Marcus Johansson - Tom Wilson

Brooks Laich - Mike Richards - Michael Latta

Nate Schmidt - John Carlson

Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov - Taylor Chorney

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Stanislav Galiev

Injured: Brooks Orpik (lower body) Jay Beagle (hand), Jakub Vrana (wrist)


Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - James Neal

Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Viktor Arvidsson

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Craig Smith

Austin Watson - Paul Gaustad - Miikka Salomaki

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Anthony Bitetto - Barret Jackman

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Cody Bass, Petter Granberg

Injured: Eric Nystrom (broken foot), Gabriel Bourque (upper body)

Status report: Holtby was the first goaltender off of the ice for the Capitals at the morning skate and is expected to start. … The Predators did not hold a morning skate. … Rinne is expected to start. … Bass is expected to be a healthy scratch with the return of Wilson.

Who's hot: Ovechkin has two goals in his past three games and leads Washington with 30 goals. … Forsberg had one goal and two assists in a 6-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

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