Practice: Jan. 5

The Washington Capitals were on ice Thursday as they prepare to take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday inside HP Pavilion.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for practice, and participated fully, taking contact from his teammates and taking part in power play drills.  He skated on a line with Marcus Johansson and Mike Knuble, and after practice said he felt good and that the plan is for him to accompany his teammates out west for games against the Sharks and Kings.  All signs are positive, though Hunter would not commit to him playing against San Jose.

The other lines were as follows: Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Ward-Halpern-Chimera, and Hendricks-Perreault-Beagle-Semin.  While it is certainly a good sign that Semin is skating, the fact that he is on the fourth line means he probably won’t play Saturday, even though he will go on the trip.

Also a funny note from this morning, Karl Alzner was forced to wear a Russia jersey as a result of a lost bet over the result of Tuesday’s Canada-Russia game at the World Junior Championships.  Said Alzner, who won two Gold Medals at the WJCs with team Canada (more on that here), “it was the worst morning of my life.”

That’s all for now.

Thanks to Adam Vingan for some information in this post.