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Friday, February 25, 2011

Updates From the Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals were on the ice this morning at 10 AM for their pre-game skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.  Some updates from Arlington as the Caps prepare to take on the Rangers:

Nicklas Backstrom took the full skate without any issues with his thumb and will give it a go tonight.  He is expected to play in his traditional role, skating alongside Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin on the top line.  Marcus Johansson has shifted back to the second line with Alexander Semin and Brooks Laich, which means that Mathieu Perreault will play with Matt Hendricks and Jason Chimera.  Boyd Gordon will return to the fourth line with Dave Steckel and Matt Bradley, which means that DJ King will, as expected, be a healthy scratch.
Mike Green returned to the ice after he missed yesterday's practice due to a nasty illness.  After the skate, he said that he feels better that he did yesterday, but "lacks energy." Nevertheless, he will do his best to play tonight if the trainers think he can, albeit in limited minutes.  Tyler Sloan will be the healthy scratch on the back end if Green cannot go.

For a preview of tonight's 7 PM tilt, click here.

Thanks to Katie Carrera for quotes used in this post.

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