The Washington Capitals were on ice Wednesday for an optional practice following their 5-1 beatdown at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Only four players took to the ice for the skate: Nicklas Backstrom, Joel Ward, Tomas Vokoun, and Jeff Halpern. It seems a curious message to send; not only have an optional skate but also only have only four players on the ice the day after such a bad loss. Dale Hunter, however, said it was to "save the legs" because "it's like playoff hockey out there." Oookay then. Moving on.
The one piece of good news out of Arlington Wednesday was that Backstrom will accompany his teammates on the trip to Boston for the game Thursday. He will not, however, play. The good news remains that he is progressing and a return is getting closer by the day.
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Information from Steve Whyno was used in this post.