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Monday, March 21, 2011

Practice: Mar. 21 - No Ovechkin This Week

The Washington Capitals returned to the ice this morning at 10:30 as they prepare for tomorrow night's clash with the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
The big news this morning is that left wing and captain Alex Ovechkin will not make the trip to Philadelphia as the Caps will take advantage of their light schedule over the last three and next four days to rest him.  According to senior writer Mike Vogel, Ovie is suffering from a "nagging ailment."  He is expected to miss the next 7-10 days, so he will not play at all this week.
Jason Arnott skated for about 10 minutes before anyone else this morning only in his warmup gear for the first time since being pronounced out with what is not believed to be a groin injury.  He did not return to the ice when the regular practice began, and is still about a week from returning.  Mike Green did not skate before or during practice, either, placing his status for the week in doubt.  Remember, he is out indefinitely, and with a concussion, so the Capitals will not rush him.
Other than Ovechkin, Arnott, and Green, however, everyone on the roster took the practice.  The lines were as follows: Backstrom-Semin-Laich, Johansson-Knuble-Chimera, Sturm-Gordon-Bradley, and Hendricks-Beagle-King-Fehr.  Tom Poti, again, started his practice early and participated in drills with the rest of the team as well.  Semyon Varlamov was on the ice again, participating fully and taking shots during drills.  He also seemed to have a marked improvement in his skating from Saturday; he looked much more confident and less ginger.

That's all for now.  Check back later.
Information from Katie Carrera and Mike Vogel was used in this post.

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