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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Practice: Apr. 30
Today was an optional practice, with a few of the Caps' top skill players opting not to partake. Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Green, John Carlson, and Jason Arnott were all absent as they took therapy days.
This is not encouraging for Carlson, as he almost always takes part in optional skates. The young defenseman is believed to be suffering from a knee or leg injury that he suffered late in the second period last night. However, Bruce Boudreau said after practice that there's a "good chance" Carlson will play tomorrow, although he's not sure. I am not buying it, as Carlson looked pretty badly hurt, but we will see.
With the bad news, however, comes a little bit of good. Both Dennis Wideman and Mike Knuble skated with their teammates for the first time in over a week, which is highly encouraging. Wideman is not ready to go, however, so if Carlson cannot play tomorrow, Sean Collins would take his place.
That's all for now. Check back later.
Information from Sky Kerstein was used in this post.