When the Capitals visit Ottawa on Tuesday, their most recognizable player will likely be suiting up next to two of their lesser-known forwards for a third straight game.

Coach Adam Oates put Alex Ovechkin back on a line with center Jay Beagle and right wing Joey Crabb Monday morning and said he intends to start the next game with that trio intact. It's an unorthodox combination to say the least, but Oates likes how the two grinders complement the star winger's game.

"I actually thought that they provided a lot of speed for him and could maybe back the 'D' off," Oates said. "And to get back to balance. Obviously, during the course of a game you can change it back and go through combinations. But I liked our balance."