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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Practice: Mar. 10

The Washington Capitals were on ice this morning at 11 AM for a practice following their 5-0 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers at Verizon Center last night.  The practice was held at Verizon Center this morning as well, as the team had their annual team picture taken before the skate.  Some updates:

Every player currently with the team skated to some capacity.  Semyon Varlamov worked out by himself on ice before practice, and said that he should be ready to take shots tomorrow, a good sign.  On the back end, Mike Green skated for about 20 minutes during the regular practice before taking off.  Green, who was placed on long-term injured reserve yesterday, now cannot return until March 22 against the Flyers, but said after practice that he is feeling better, he just has to take it day by day.  Tom Poti took the full practice as well, another encouraging sign as he works his way back from a groin injury.
Nicklas Backstrom skated as well, but was not a regular participant on any line; he was wearing a no-contact practice jersey throughout.  After practice, he said that he "couldn't grip his stick" and that was why he missed last night's game. There is no word on his possible return to the Capitals' lineup.  As for the lines, they were as follows: Ovechkin-Johansson-Knuble, Semin-Arnott-Sturm, Chimera-Laich-Fehr-Beagle, and Hendricks-Gordon-Bradley-King.

That's all for now.  Check back later.

Thanks to Sky Kerstein for info in this post.

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