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, January 16, 2012

Practice: Jan. 16

The Washington Capitals were on ice Monday for an optional skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as they prepare for Tuesday night's game with the New York Islanders.  Some notes from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Just eight players took the option to skate: Erskine, Kundratek, Eakin, Neuvirth, Perreault, Schultz, Orlov, and Beagle.  They spent the skate in an up-tempo style, doing hard contact drills in the corners and shooting on Neuvirth, who has not started since the day after Christmas. Neuvirth does not know if he will play one of the two upcoming back to back games, and says that playing without his goalie coach has been exceptionally difficult recently.  Poor kid.
Neither Nicklas Backstrom nor Mike Green skated, and, according to Dale Hunter, they are still "day-to-day."  And yet, they are still nowhere to be found. Curious.

That's all for now.

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