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!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Practice: Apr. 25

The Washington Capitals were on ice this morning at 11 AM for an optional practice following yesterday's day off.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

The big news out of KCI today is that defenseman Dennis Wideman skated in full pads for the first time since suffering his injury in late March.  He skated for about 45 minutes before practice and then left the ice after ten minutes of the structured skate.
Mike Knuble skated in full pads as well, participating before practice with Wideman and then again with his teammates afterwards.  Despite this positive news, there is no timetable for either his or Widemans return to the lineup..
Seven Capitals took their options to not skate today: Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin, Jason Arnott, Nicklas Backstrom, Marco Sturm, and Mike Green.  Of course, Green's absence raises red flags following his unpleasant meeting with a puck on Saturday, but he was at the rink walking around and Bruce Boudreau insisted that he was okay.  Now, we wait to see if he skates tomorrow.
With the Hershey Bears eliminated from the Calder Cup Playoffs last night, it seems extremely likely that both Braden Holtby and Mathieu Perreault will be called up to the big club in the next 24 hours.  These moves would be purely precautionary, and neither would be expected to crack the lineup unless an unfortunate injury occurred.

That's all for now.  In other reading from me today, I take a look at what John Carlson and Karl Alzner have meant to the Caps here.
Information from Sky Kerstein was used in this post.

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