Updates From the Morning Skate

The Washington Capitals were on ice this morning at 10 AM at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as they prepare for tonight’s season opener with the Carolina Hurricanes.  Some updates from Arlington:

Marcus Johansson will be a healthy scratch tonight; he will be replaced in the second line center role by Mathieu Perreault, who will skate alongside Alex Semin and Troy Brouwer.  Jeff Halpern also did not skate because he is observing Yom Kiuppur; he will be in his regular fourth line role tonight with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle.  The other lines were Ovcehkin-Backstrom-Knuble and Ward-Laich-Chimera.

Dennis Wideman did not skate, presumably because of a maintenance day, but is, for now, expected to suit up tonight with Jeff Schultz.  Both other defense pairings stayed the same from yesterday.

Michal Neuvirth was first off ice and will start the game as expected.

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