Practice: Apr. 18

The Washington Capitals were on ice Wednesday morning for a practice after a day off Tuesday and a loss Monday night in game three.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Michal Neuvirth was once again present for the duration of practice, taking an extensive amount of shots during the session while Dany Sabourin, who has backed up the first three games of the series, watched from the bench.  Tomas Vokoun joined his teammates late in practice, taking shots from his fellow Capitals for the first time in three weeks.  However, he also revealed after practice that he has a significant tear to his groin and that there is no timetable for him returning to game action.

To prepare for the absence of Nicklas Backstrom, who will serve a one game suspension in Thursday’s game four, the Capitals juggled their lines.  The new units were Ovechkin-Laich-Johansson, Chimera-Perreault-Semin, Hendricks-Beagle-Brouwer, and Knuble-Aucoin-Ward.  Backstrom skated with Mattias Sjogren, Cody Eakin, and Jeff Halpern as the extras, wearing baby blue jerseys. Also of note is that the Caps debuted two new defensive pairings – John Erskine with Dennis Wideman and Dmitry Orlov with Jeff Schultz.  Whether this means Erskine is in for Schultz or Orlov is in for Wideman remains to be seen, but my money would be on the former.

That’s all for now.  As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.

Information from Ted Starkey was used in this post.

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