Morning Skate: Jan. 17

The Washington Capitals were on ice for their morning skate Tuesday at 10 AM as they prepare to take on the New York Islanders this evening.

The lines were the same as from the previous practice and games: Ovechkin-Johansson-Semin, Brouwer-Laich-Knuble, Chimera-Halpern-Ward, and Eakin-Hendricks-Beagle.  Tomas Vokoun has also been confirmed as the starter in goal.

The healthy scratches, as predicted, are Mathieu Perreault, Jeff Schultz, and John Erskine.

General Manager George McPhee was made available to the media to comment today with regards to the injuries of Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom.  On Green, McPhee noted that he has “basically” a sports hernia, and that if he works hard, could be back in four weeks, but the outside is six.  When asked if this will affect Green again, McPhee said simply, “We hope not.”

Nicklas Backstrom is improving, according to McPhee.  When asked if the center will be out until the all-star break, he said “not necessarily.”  “Obviously, we’re being very careful.”

That’s all for now.