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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Practice: Feb. 16

The Washington Capitals were on ice Thursday morning for a practice as they prepare to head out on a four-game road trip that will likely define their season.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Dale Hunter kept pretty much the same lines as from Wednesday's skate, with the exception of adding Keith Aucoin to the fourth line.  The units were as follows: Ovechkin-Johansson-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Semin, Hendricks-Laich-Knuble, and Ward-Halpern-Beagle, with Aucoin rotating in.
Mike Green practiced with the team for the second consecutive day, and will be on the road trip.  He "could" play on the road trip, according to George McPhee.
The General Manager also spoke to the health of Nicklas Backstrom, saying the Swedish center is currently working off ice but that there is no timetable of any sort for his return to game action.

That's all for now.
Information from Katie Carrera was used in this post.

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