The Washington Capitals were on ice Monday for a practice following a day off after getting smacked around by the Lightning Saturday night, and as they prepare to meet the Jets in their home opener Tuesday. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Defenseman Jack Hillen, who took a crunching hit from Vincent Lecavalier and left the game Saturday, did not skate and was placed on injured reserve with what is believed to be a shoulder injury; he is considered week-to-week. To replace him, rearguard Tomas Kundratek was recalled from AHL Hershey, and skated with John Erskine (Tom Poti and Jeff Schultz were partnered). The other defensive pairs, Carlson-Alzner and Green-Hamrlik, were unchanged, and Dmitry Orlov missed another practice with his shoulder injury.
Adam Oates' forward lines were also unchanged: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson, Brouwer-Ribeiro-Wolski, Chimera-Beagle-Ward, and Hendricks-Perreault-Crabb/Fehr. Brooks Laich, still out with a groin injury, didn't even skate, and his return is starting to look further off than initially anticipated.
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