Practice: Jan. 16

The Washington Capitals were on ice Monday for an optional skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as they prepare for Tuesday night’s game with the New York Islanders.  Some notes from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Just eight players took the option to skate: Erskine, Kundratek, Eakin, Neuvirth, Perreault, Schultz, Orlov, and Beagle.  They spent the skate in an up-tempo style, doing hard contact drills in the corners and shooting on Neuvirth, who has not started since the day after Christmas.  Neuvirth does not know if he will play one of the two upcoming back to back games, and says that playing without his goalie coach has been exceptionally difficult recently.  Poor kid.

Neither Nicklas Backstrom nor Mike Green skated, and, according to Dale Hunter, they are still “day-to-day.”  And yet, they are still nowhere to be found.  Curious.

That’s all for now.