The Washington Capitals were on ice for a practice Monday morning as they prepared for their opening playoff game Thursday night in Boston. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Michal Neuvirth skated for about 15 minutes well before practice with goaltending coach Dave Pryor, but was not able to practice. He is still officially day to day with a lower body injury, but I would say that the possibility that he plays on Thursday is approaching “zero” quickly. Dany Sabourin is still in Washington and is the backup goalie right now. Tomas Vokoun will try skating on Tuesday, however.
Alexander Semin was also absent from practice because of a “maintenance day.” As such, the lines were Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Backstrom-Knuble, Hendricks-Beagle-Johansson, and Aucoin-Perreault-Ward; Cody Eakin and Jeff Halpern were skating as extras. It seems very curious to me that Backstrom and Ovechkin were not on the same line, as the former was basically drafted to play with the latter, but that’s just the way she goes. Of course, none of these are set in stone and they could change, especially when (if) Semin returns to the ice.
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