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!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Practice: Feb. 21

The Washington Capitals were on ice in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon for a practice following their humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes on Monday night.  Some updates from down south:

Alex Ovechkin did not partake in the skate because of a "maintenance day."  However, Ovechkin's absence, when coupled with the fact that he was visibly limping after Monday's game, begs the question of whether or not the Captain is injured.  I guess we will have to wait and see, but I certainly hope Ovechkin will be able to play through it.
With the absence of Ovechkin, the lines were as follows: Chimera-Laich-Brouwer, Hendricks-Perreault-Semin, Knuble-Johansson-Ward, and Beagle-Halpern.  All eight defensemen skated, including Dmitry Orlov, who missed Monday's game with an illness, and Mike Green, who seems to be doing well in terms of health following his surgery a little less than five weeks ago.  That's a great sign.
Washington plays in Ottawa on Wednesday night in what has become the biggest game of the season for them.

That's all for now.

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