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Friday, April 1, 2011

Practice: Apr. 1

The Washington Capitals were on ice this morning at 11 A.M. for a practice following last night's win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Today was an optional practice for the Caps, and a majority of the players took it off.  Those who skated were as follows: Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, DJ King, Matt Hendricks, Jay Beagle, Matt Bradley, Mike Green, Tom Poti, Jeff Schultz, Tyler Sloan, Michal Neuvirth, and Semyon Varlamov.
The big name there, of course, is Mike Green, who skated with the rest of his teammates for the first time since sustaining his second concussion.  Today was not a full practice, so he's not out of the woods yet, but skating with the rest of the team and not by himself is a big step in the right direction.  He still hopes to be back before the start of the playoffs and may get a full practice in early next week.  Mike also divulged that he is no longer experiencing concussion symptoms.
John Erskine did not skate this morning.  He is still day-to-day with an undisclosed ailment, though he did say that he hopes to play tomorrow night.  In addition, he did not have a noticeable limp or any visible bandages during the media availability period, according to Tarik El-Bashir.  A word on whether or not a callup will be made from AHL Hershey to add a defenseman will likely come later today.
Finally, if you missed it yesterday, Dennis Wideman is out indefinitely with hematoma and compartment syndrome in his leg.

That's all for now.  Check back later.
Information from Tarik El-Bashir and Sky Kerstein was used in this post.

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