Welcome to Caps 'Round the Clock, a blog covering the Washington Capitals and the NHL. In season, I update the Blog after every practice and on game day with Caps news and information, and then provide a recap and analysis after each contest. I also write a periodical Prospect Watch and weekly feature pieces on the state of the Men in Red and other things Capitals. And of course, I will post videos and tidbits from around the League and offer my two cents as the season wears on. In the offseason, I write a Report Card for each player, and will keep you updated on all the news about the Caps through the summer. I'm glad you're here, and hope you come back!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Practice: Apr. 21

The Washington Capitals were on ice today for an optional practice following last night's thrilling, come-from-behind, double-overtime win in the Garden last night.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

According to Katie Carrera, injured players Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman both skated before practice with the strength and conditioning coach. Knuble was not shooting much and was shooting gingerly when he did, so it does not look like he is feeling that much better.  He said that his status is up in the air for game 5, but was insistent that he would play this postseason.
Wideman is continuing to work his way back, but there is still no timetable for a return, although he did say he hopes to practice by the end of the week.  The defenseman says that the only time he feels pain is when he is in the trainer's room.
Today was an optional practice after 92 minutes of hockey last night, so only the scratches partook in the actual practice:  Semyon Varlamov, Sean Collins, DJ King, Tom Poti, Tyler Sloan, and Jay Beagle.  Players participated in some drills with the coaching staff but other than that, it was a rather quiet day in Ballston. As it should be.

That's all for now.  Check back later.
P.S. - If you're into that sort of thing, this is today's famous back page from the New York Daily News:

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