The Capitals were on ice this morning at 10am for the morning skate prior to tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks. Heavy minute players Alex Ovechkin, Dennis Wideman, and Marcus Johansson took the skate off, as did Brooks Laich, Roman Hamrlik, and Tomas Vokoun. Nick Backstrom was absent once again.
Mike Green took part in the skate and did not look limited in his skating or slap shots. He did look a little rusty at times, but he looks on pace to make a full recovery soon.
During the skate, Halpern’s stick broke on a slap shot, so he borrowed Joel Ward’s stick to finish the drill. When Ward got the stick back, he scored on Neuvirth in the drill. Ward has, of course, been mired in a lengthy scoring drought.
The last three skaters off the ice were Green, Knuble, and Orlov. It would not be a major shock to see the rookie Orlov sit a game after a rough showing against New York and GM McPhee likely shopping other defenders. Hunter said that Vokoun would be a game-time decision after not feeling well yesterday, but he felt confident that Michal Neuvirth would be ready to play after a strong showing against the Rangers.