Quebecers Anthony Mantha and Nicolas Aube-Kubel will be dropped by the Washington Capitals to make room for the return to the lineup of forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson on Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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At least that's what media from the American capital, including the Washington Hockey Now site, revealed on Sunday after the morning training session.
Mantha has nine goals and 23 points in 42 games so far this season. He had been limited to 9 min 48 s of playing time by his head coach Peter Laviolette on Friday against the Nashville Predators.
Aubé-Kubel has so far tallied two goals and six points in 20 outings, including six with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Backstrom and Wilson will therefore play their first game of the season, having been sidelined with hip and knee injuries, respectively. In their absence, the Capitals still went 22-14-6.