The Washington Capitals were on ice Monday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as they prepare for Tuesday night's showdown with the Panthers. Some updates from Arlington, where it is chillay:
Michal Neuvirth returned to the ice for the start of practice, but left after 20 minutes of participating in drills with his teammates. Bruce Boudreau did say that the goaltender was "sore," but would not provide any more information. Dany Sabourin has also been reassigned to Hershey of the AHL, which could (could) mean that Neuvy is nearing a return. We'll see.
The top three lines from Saturday night's win remained the same: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Brouwer, Semin-Johansson-Knuble, and Ward-Laich-Chimera. DJ King, who played on Saturday to much chagrin, took rushes as an extra forward while Mathieu Perreault took his spot on the fourth line. Jay Beagle did not practice again because of the injuries he sustained when Arron Asham crushed him fought him last Thursday night.
John Erskine continued practicing regularly; the big defenseman is working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. No date has been set for his return.
That's all for today.
Thanks to Brian McNally for info in this post.