Good morning from Kettler Capitals Iceplex. A mustachioed Matt Hendricks was the first player on the ice at 9:45, followed shortly by Mathieu Perreault, John Carlson, Cody Eakin, and freshly recalled Dmitry Orlov. The rest of the Caps on the ice: Schultz, Erkine, Hamrlik, Brouwer, Backstrom, Johansson, Laich, Chimera, Alzner, Knuble, Halpern.
Not on the ice are Ward, Green, Beagle, Wideman, and conspicuously, Ovechkin and Semin.
Both goalies are on the ice to start warmups, but Vokoun came off first, meaning he’ll likely get the start.
Orlov is taking rushes with Alzner, and Alzner confirmed they’ll get paired together, with the lefty Orlov playing the left side for his first NHL game. Reflecting on his first NHL game, Alzner said his biggest surprise was the size, strength, and intelligence of the players (and getting knocked around by Ilya Kovalchuk). When asked about playing the right side with Orlov, Karl said it’s a little adjustment to playing the opposite side, and that he and Orlov shouldn’t have any communication issues. We’ll see how it plays out on the ice.
Update: Coach Boudreau said that the players not on the ice took their option, so no message sending or injuries for Ward, Wideman, Ovi, or Semin.
Update:. I saw Ovechkin leaving Kettler soon after Boudreau spoke to reporters. If I had to guess, I’d say Boudreau and Ovechkin had a little chat during the morning skate.