Practice: Jan. 21

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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Practice: Jan. 21

The Washington Capitals were on ice for a practice Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh following their 3-0 embarrassment against the Hurricanes on Friday night.  Some updates from the CONSOL Energy Center:

Dale Hunter changed up his lines again following Friday night’s game.  They were as follows: Ovechkin-Johansson-Brouwer, Semin-Laich-Knuble, Chimera-Halpern-Ward, and Hendricks-Eakin-Perreault-Beagle.

Hunter, who said before the game with Carolina knew who would start tomorrow’s game against the Penguins, was not divulging who his selection was after the skate.

Nicklas Backstrom now has not skated in over two weeks.

That’s all for now.

Information from Steve Whyno was used in this post.