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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Updates From the Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals were on ice earlier today at 10:30 AM for their morning skate as they prepare to take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Verizon Center.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott are both expected to return to the fold for Washington tonight.  Both players took the skate this morning and although neither they nor Bruce Boudreau would confirm their status, Jason Chimera and Jay Beagle both stayed out late for an intense workout after the skate with the healthy scratches.  It looks like the Caps will get two big pieces back tonight.
Semyon Varlamov has been confirmed as the starter tonight in goal for the Caps, as he was first off the ice. This will be his fourth start against the Hurricanes this year.
Alexander Semin, Marco Sturm, Dennis Wideman, and Scott Hannan all took their options and did not skate this morning, but will not play.  Tom Poti did not skate either, though no reason has been given for his absence.  He will not play tonight.  Nor will Tyler Sloan and DJ King, who will be healthy scratches with Chimera and Beagle.
Finally, Mike Green skated for about 15 minutes before and during the early stages of the practice.  There is still no timetable for his return.

That's all for now.  Check back after the game.
Info from Sky Kerstein was used in this post.

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