The Washington Capitals were on ice for a practice Wednesday morning in preparation for Thursday night’s opening playoff game with the Boston Bruins. Some notes from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Michal Neuvirth, who practiced on Tuesday for the first time since sustaining an injury in the penultimate game of the Capitals’ season, was not on the ice at all. According to coach Dale Hunter, he did not have a setback, and he will go on the trip to Boston. Tomas Vokoun did skate for 20 minutes before practice, but is nowhere close to returning; he will not make the trip. Braden Holtby seems to be locked in as the playoff starter for the foreseeable future at this point, and will start Thursday’s game.
Mattias Sjogren, who was recalled on Tuesday from the Swedish Elite League, joined his team for practice, skating on the bottom conglomerate line. The units at practice were Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Backstrom-Semin, Hendricks-Beagle-Johansson, Aucoin-Perreault-Ward, Knuble-Halpern-Eakin-Sjogren. All eight defensemen were on the ice for the skate, as has been the case for the last week or so. As of now, it still looks like Jeff Schultz will be back in the lineup over Dmitry Orlov for game one, skating with Dennis Wideman.
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Information from Sky Kerstein was used in this post.