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Caps set lines for Season 28

After 3 games in, the Washington Capitals are pleased to announce our forward lines for season 28:

Line 1 – Beast Line: Rickard Rakell (LW) Steven Stamkos (C) Alexander Radulov (RW)

First things first, no Caps first line is complete without an elite puck handling Russian sniper named Alexander (who is also money in the bank on the shootout) and a Swede who can pass the puck. Stamkos is the pivot that glues the line together. All three players are lightning quick, aren't shy to hit, can razzle dazzle with the puck, and are gifted offensively with a birthright to score goals. Look for them on the nightly ESPN/TSN/Sportsnet highlight reel. These three are simply beasts!

Line 2 – OuO Line: Nick Bonino (LW) Mikko Koivu (C) Vladimir Tarasenko (RW)

What happens when an American, a Finn, and a Russian skate on to the ice? OuO... Let's start with the veteran Koivu who plays a 2-way centre game and collects assists merely by winning the draw. Tarasenko's another elite speedy Russian winger who can score in his sleep. Bonino is solid at both ends of the ice and is always ready to win the face-off. Together, they provide a potent and fearless secondary offence.

Line 3 – Bear Line: Mattias Janmark (LW) Jean-Gabriel Pageau (C) Tobias Rieder (RW)

Every season, the Caps ice a Bear line which is made up of players who have come up from our system – either drafted by the organization and/or developed in Hershey. This season's iteration includes two Caps' draftees – Janmark and Rieder – and one developee in Pageau. All three players are versatile: they can chip in offensively, are responsible defensively, and can move up or down the line-up as needed.

Line 4 – Beaver Line: Zach Hyman (LW) Derek Grant (C) Jamie McGinn (RW)

The Caps are rounded out by an industrious and hard-working group of Canadians. These guys grind away at their opponents, love to hit, go into the corners, and retrieve the puck in enemy territory. They can also deliver on the scoreboard.

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