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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Practice: Mar. 2

The Capitals were on ice this morning at 11 AM today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for a practice following last night's thrilling come from behind win over the Islanders (recap here).  Some personnel notes from Ballston:

Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov, Alexander Semin, and Jay Beagle were all absent from practice. Neuvirth and Semin took maintenance days, while Beagle is still suffering from an upper-body injury, and Varlamov is still sidelined with what is believed to be a knee injury; there is no current timetable for his return to practice.  To compensate for Semin's absence, Bruce Boudreau did some line shuffling, and the forward units were as follows: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble, Laich-Arnott-Fehr, Chimera-Johansson-Sturm, and King-Hendricks-Gordon-Bradley.  Of the biggest note is that Eric Fehr took a full practice with contact; he looks like he is nearing a return to the lineup rapidly, certainly good news for the Caps.
Tom Poti, as has become his ritual, skated by himself before practice before joining his teammates in the non-contact portion of the skate.  Poti left the ice about 20 minutes into the full practice, so he is clearly nowhere near coming back from his groin injury.  Mike Green, who is still in Calgary, will stay there until this weekend, at which point he and his father will make the trip down to Florida and meet the Capitals there for their set of games against the Panthers and Lightning. However, Green is not expected to play in either one of those games.

That's all for now.  Check back later.

Thanks to Sky Kerstein for some information in this post.

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