Practice: Feb. 21

The Washington Capitals were on ice in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon for a practice following their humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes on Monday night.  Some updates from down south:

Alex Ovechkin did not partake in the skate because of a “maintenance day.”  However, Ovechkin’s absence, when coupled with the fact that he was visibly limping after Monday’s game, begs the question of whether or not the Captain is injured.  I guess we will have to wait and see.

With the absence of Ovechkin, the lines were as follows: Chimera-Laich-Brouwer, Hendricks-Perreault-Semin, Knuble-Johansson-Ward, and Beagle-Halpern.  All eight defensemen skated, including Dmitry Orlov, who missed Monday’s game with an illness, and Mike Green, who seems to be doing well in terms of health following his surgery a little less than five weeks ago.

Washington plays in Ottawa on Wednesday night in what has become the biggest game of the season for them.

That’s all for now.