Daniel Sprong skates on the second line at the morning skate

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Sprong takes morning skate on second line originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Facing elimination and in need of offense, it appears Daniel Sprong could be in the lineup for Sunday's Game 5 (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington). Sprong skated on the second line during Sunday's morning skate, which is typically a good indication of what the lines will be for the upcoming game.

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Sprong played in Game 1 and Game 2, but has been a healthy scratch the past two games as head coach Peter Laviolette sought to add more defense in the lineup. Now with Washington down 3-1 in the series and 5-on-5 offense hard to come by, clearly it is time to shift tactics.

In four games, the Caps have only six 5-on-5 goals and four of those have come from the fourth line. In the regular season, Sprong ranked second on the team in 5-on-5 goals with 13. His one assist this series already gives him more 5-on-5 points than Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson.

"Generally speaking, Daniel's been a good player for us," Laviolette said after the morning skate. "He's been a guy who's been able to produce so if called upon, we hope he goes in and has a big game."