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!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Practice: Apr. 22
Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman both skated before practice, Knuble in full pads and Wideman in a warm-up suit. Even though he skated in full pads, Knuble will not play tomorrow night, nor will Wideman. Knuble is believed to be suffering from a hand injury sustained late in game 3, while Wideman has missed almost a month now with hematoma.
Everyone besides those two players partook in practice. Brooks Laich stayed on the top line with Ovechkin and Backstrom, as he was for the last fifty minutes of game four. The other three units remained the same: Sturm-Arnott-Semin, Fehr-Johansson-Chimera, and Hendricks-Gordon-Bradley. Jay Beagle and DJ King took some reps with the third and fourth lines, respectively.
Practice was rather long today, as Bruce Boudreau is stressing to his team that they cannot relax with a 3-1 lead. Of particular importance was the power play, which the team worked on for the better part of twenty minutes.
That's all from Kettler today. Game five is tomorrow, and don't you forget it.
On a non-hockey related note, seven years ago today Pat Tillman was killed. Please take a minute today to remember his sacrifice, giving up fame and fortune to fight for the greater good in the name of his Country.
Information from Dave Nichols was used in this post.