Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau responded to his team's mediocre and lackluster play over the last week at practice this afternoon the old fashioned way: a bag skate. Caps players spent the first 30 minutes of practice today with no pucks as they participated in skating and conditioning drills. Eric Fehr was out on the ice in a gold no-contact jersey, but did not take reps with any of the lines. Tom Poti did not make the trip and is not expected to join the team out west, buy may play next Sunday in Buffalo.
Boudreau also shuffled his top three lines for practice, taking Alexander Semin off the top line and putting him on the second unit with Marcus Johansson and Brooks Laich. Mike Knuble took Sasha's spot on the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, and Jason Chimera is now skating alongside Mathieu Perreault and Matt Hendricks on the third line. The four-man fourth line remained the same: DJ King, Boyd Gordon, Dave Steckel, and Matt Bradley.
That's all for now. Check back later.
Some other light reading from 24/7 today:
Alex Ovechkin Must Take Charge of His Team.
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