The Washington Capitals were on ice for a practice Monday morning following their 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild Sunday night. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Nicklas Backstrom, who was cleared for full practice on Saturday, participated in the skate fully, working in as an extra skater while wearing fourth-line white. Joel Ward also returned to the ice after missing the last two games with a lower body injury that required crutches on Friday. The lines were as such: Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Semin, Johansson-Halpern-Aucoin, and Hendricks-Beagle-Knuble-Ward. All three goalies were on the ice, as Tomas Vokoun continues to rehab his groin injury that has kept him out of action for the last two weeks.
Another note from practice is that John Erskine, who has not played in six full weeks, is day to day with a lower body injury. Erskine was in the picture but did not stay out with the rest of his teammates. This is particularly odd because Erskine has been skating during morning skates and practices without issue recently, so he must have hurt himself off the ice.
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Information from Katie Carrera was used in this post.