The Capitals were on ice this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for practice as they prepare to meet the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon. Some notes from the skate:
The entire team, except for Eric Fehr, was on the ice for the beginning of practice. This included injured defensemen Tom Poti and Mike Green. However, Poti left the ice after about 30 minutes of practice and did not return. There is no word yet on Poti's status for Saturday's game, but Mike Green is progressing and is still expected to play against the Kings, as he skated with his normal partner, Jeff Schultz, instead of with Tyler Sloan. Green did, however, leave practice in the middle of a particularly nasty set of conditioning sprints, after taking a few himself.
Bruce Boudreau also tinkered with his lines for today, flip-flopping Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera: Sasha skated on the first line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin, while Chimera skated alongside Mathieu Perreault and Brooks Laich. The other two units from Tusday's 2-0 loss to the Sharks remained the same: Marcus Johansson between Matt Hendricks and Mike Knuble and Boyd Gordon between Dave Steckel and Matt Bradley. DJ King took reps on the fourth line as well, but he is not expected to receive a sweater for game action any time soon.
After practice was over, Eric Fehr took to the ice for some individual work with the Capitals' strength and conditioning coach. He is still not expected back until next week at the earliest.
That's all for now. Updates on Mike Green, and why he left before conditioning was over, will be posted if they become available.
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