The Washington Capitals were on ice Friday morning for a practice as they prepare for the decisive game seven of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Rangers, to be played Saturday night in New York. Some updates from Arlington:
Jay Beagle was absent from practice once more, not skating with his teammates as he continues to attempt to rehab a knee injury that he suffered in the late stages of the Caps’ loss in game five. Dale Hunter would not divulge whether or not Beagle will even travel with the team for game seven. That means that Jeff Halpern remained in Hunter’s top four line combinations. They were as follows: Ovechkin-Laich-Johansson, Chimera-Backstrom-Semin, Ward-Hendricks-Brouwer, and Knuble-Halpern-Aucoin. Mathieu Perreault and Mattias Sjogren stayed out as the two extra forwards.
The much-maligned defensive pairings also stayed the same, with Jeff Schultz paired alongside Dennis Wideman and Dmitry Orlov and John Erskine on the outside looking in.
New dad Braden Holtby talked about his son, Benjamin Hunter Holtby, saying that Hunter is his mom’s maiden name. Contrary to popular belief, and perhaps disappointingly, Holtby did not name his son after his current head coach.
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