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!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Practice: May 11

The Washington Capitals were on ice Friday morning for a practice as they prepare for the decisive game seven of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Rangers, to be played Saturday night in New York.  Some updates from Arlington:

Jay Beagle was absent from practice once more, not skating with his teammates as he continues to attempt to rehab a knee injury that he suffered in the late stages of the Caps' loss in game five.  In addition, Dale Hunter would not even divulge whether or not Beagle will travel with the team to New York.  That means that Jeff Halpern remained in Hunter's top four line combinations.  They were as follows: Ovechkin-Laich-Johansson, Chimera-Backstrom-Semin, Ward-Hendricks-Brouwer, and Knuble-Halpern-Aucoin.  Mathieu Perreault and Mattias Sjogren stayed out as the two extra forwards.
The much-maligned defensive pairings also stayed the same, with Jeff Schultz paired alongside Dennis Wideman and Dmitry Orlov and John Erskine on the outside looking in.
New dad Braden Holtby talked about his son, Benjamin Hunter Holtby, saying that Hunter is his mom's maiden name.  Contrary to popular belief, and perhaps disappointingly, Holtby did not name his son after his current head coach.

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