Adam Oates is patient but even he could only wait so long before shaking up the Washington Capitals’ lineup given that the team has won only two of its first seven games.

The Capitals coach made his first set of significant changes to the team’s configuration in Friday’s practice which featured alterations on every forward line except the top unit and new defensive pairings.

“I know we talk a lot about chemistry and that’s important” Oates said. “I just felt that a couple guys weren’t playing good enough for the minutes they’re getting and they need to know that.”

How long the new-look lineup will last remains to be determined but there are certainly a few intriguing changes to take stock of against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night at Verizon Center to cap off a five-game homestand.

The most notable change is to the second line of Brooks Laich Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer which had produced just one even-strength goal through the first seven games. Martin Erat has been moved up to second-line left wing after spending the first seven games seeing the lowest ice time of his career (8 minutes 46 seconds on average) on the fourth line. Along with Erat’s promotion Laich shifts to center and Grabovski moves down to the third line.