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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Updates From the Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals were on ice this morning at 10:30 AM as they prepare for tonight's clash with the Blue Jackets at Verizon Center.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

The big, bad news out of of Kettler today is that defenseman Dennis Wideman is now listed as "week-to-week" with his lower body, and will not play for the rest of the homestand, if not longer.  He did not skate today and Bruce Boudreau was not able to provide an extensive update on his condition.  Tyler Sloan will take his place in the lineup.  This is not good.
Michal Neuvirth has been confirmed as tonight's starter in goal.  He will face off against Steve Mason.
Alex Ovechkin, Jason Arnott, and Alexander Semin all took their option and chose not to skate this morning, but will play.  Eric Fehr will be a healthy scratch, which means that Marcus Johansson will skate between Jason Chimera and Marco Sturm on the third line.  DJ King and Jay Beagle have been confirmed as the other healthy scratches among the forwards.
Mike Green skated for about 20 minutes before the rest of the team hit the ice for the skate and is progressing well, according to Bruce Boudreau.  He may practice tomorrow.  Tom Poti also participated in the full skate, including late conditioning drills, but there is still no timetable for his return.

That's all for now.  Check back after the game.

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