The Washington Capitals were on ice Wednesday for a practice as they prepare for a critical matchup with the Florida Panthers on Thursday night at Verizon Center. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Troy Brouwer was absent from practice because of a maintenance day, but is expected to play Thursday for now. Brouwer has been taking a beating of late, and this seems like an actual maintenance day. With his absence, the lines were as follows: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson, Chimera-Perreault-Semin, Hendricks-Laich-Beagle, Aucoin-Halpern-Knuble, and Ward-Eakin.
Also of note, John Erskine, who is suffering from a lower body injury, returned to the ice after missing about a week of practice. Erskine is on injured reserve and I think it's safe to say he won't play in a game the rest of the regular season.
In a shocking turn of events, Dale Hunter also actually revealed his starting goaltender for Thursday's game as Michal Neuvirth, saying it's "Michal's show."
That's all for now. As always, follow me on Twitter here for news and updates.
Information from Sky Kerstein was used in this post.