ARLINGTON, VA–The Washington Capitals held one last practice today before they head out on a three-game road trip that could decide the season.
Eric Fehr (upper body) skated for about 10 minutes before practice, but came off the ice.
John Erskine (upper body), Tomas Kundratek (lower body) & Tom Poti (upper body) all skated today.
Erskine said, “I don’t think I’m ready to play a game yet, but I think I’m getting closer.”
He still hopes to play this weekend or Tuesday.
Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates said Erskine is going on the trip. They aren’t sure about Tomas Kundratek and Tom Poti isn’t going on the trip. Eric Fehr isn’t going on the trip to start, will skate at KCI and if he feels good could meet them in Carolina.
Jack Hillen (illness) was back on the ice today after not skating yesterday.
Caps forward lines today: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovi, Laich-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Ward, Volpatti-Hendricks-Beagle-Wolski
Ovechkin (stitches in chin) left practice early, but Oates says it’s nothing and that he asked to come off early and already got a good sweat in.
Oates said he hasn’t decided who will be in net tomorrow, but did say Braden Holtby & Michal Neuvirth will split the weekend between Buffalo and Philadelphia.
Listen here to what Adam Oates, Karl Alzner & John Erskine had to say following practice today.
Adam Oates Practice Audio
Karl Alzner Practice Audio
John Erskine Practice Audio