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Monday, April 9, 2012

Practice: Apr. 9

The Washington Capitals were on ice for a practice Monday morning as they prepared for their opening playoff game Thursday night in Boston.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Michal Neuvirth skated for about 15 minutes well before practice with goaltending coach Dave Pryor, but was not able to practice. He is still officially day to day with a lower body injury, but I would say that the possibility that he plays on Thursday is approaching "zero" quickly.  Dany Sabourin is still in Washington and is the backup goalie right now.  Tomas Vokoun will try skating on Tuesday, however.
Alexander Semin was also absent from practice because of a "maintenance day." As such, the lines were Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Backstrom-Knuble, Hendricks-Beagle-Johansson, and Aucoin-Perreault-Ward; Cody Eakin and Jeff Halpern were skating as extras.  Far be it from be to suggest that Nicklas Backstrom play with who he was drafted to play with, but Nicklas Backstrom should really be on the same line as Ovechkin.

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