The Washington Capitals were on ice Friday at 11:30 AM following their 3-2 win over the Penguins Thursday night as they prepare for Saturday’s contest with the Ottawa Senators. Some notes from Arlington:
Jay Beagle was absent from practice after his fight with Arron Asham Thursday. Boudreau said after practice that Beagle has a “fat lip,” but no concussion. I don’t think we see him against the Senators tomorrow, though.
Other than Beagle’s absence, the lines remained the same as they were for Thursday’s win: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Semin-Johansson, and Ward-Laich-Chimera. Mathieu Perreault took Beagle’s spot on the fourth line, while DJ King took some rushes as an extra skater on that unit. The defensive pairs remained the same, with John Erskine also working in from time to time. Erskine is currently working back from a shoulder injury.
The Capitals also returned Braden Holtby to Hershey this morning, which means that PR director Sergey Kocharov was the second goalie with Tomas Vokoun once more as Michal Neuvirth is still out. While Holtby’s departure could bode well for Neuvy, it could also mean that the Caps simply want Holtby to play tonight for the Bears before recalling him to back up Vokoun again Saturday. However, Boudreau revealed that Neuvirth is feeling better after practice, and could practice tomorrow during the morning skate and then be well enough to back up Tomas Vokoun. We’ll see.
That’s all for now. Check back later for info involving Saturday’s game.
Thanks to Adam Vingan for some info in this post.