The Washington Capitals were on ice for a practice Friday afternoon at HP Pavilion as they prepare to take on the Sharks Saturday tonight. Some updates from San Jose:
Nicklas Backstrom missed the beginning of the skate while he was being evaluated, but joined his teammates after about 15 minutes, skating on a line with Marcus Johansson and Mike Knuble. The other lines stayed the same from practice on Thursday: Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Halpern-Ward, and Perreault-Hendricks-Beagle-Semin. It is worth noting that when Backstrom was not on the ice at the start of practice, Semin was with Johansson and Knuble on the second line.
After practice, Backstrom said that he felt good and hopes to be in the lineup against the Sharks, but that it's not his call. Dale Hunter also indicated that Alexander Semin is ready, but it has not been decided if he will play against San Jose. According to Capitals senior writer Mike Vogel, however, Semin will play. Oh boy.
That's all for now.