12 games into the season, the defending champion Washington Capitals are only one game over .500 and have struggled with turnovers and team defense. Monday morning, ahead of the Caps’ game against the Edmonton Oilers, head coach Todd Reirden made several aggressive changes to the forward lines. A re-tooled fourth line paid immediate dividends in the first period against the Oilers.
Capitals center Travis Boyd, playing in his first game of the season after getting injured during training camp, skated with Jakub Vrana and Devante Smith-Pelly. Boyd had two assists in three minutes as the Caps took a 2-1 lead into intermission.