ARLINGTON, VA–The Washington Capitals were back on the ice Thursday for practice after having the previous rare day off. The Caps, who don’t play again until Saturday in Buffalo, were without Eric Fehr (upper body), Jack Hillen (illness) & John Erskine (upper body) for practice.
Erskine skated for about 20 minutes before practice, but came off about ten minutes before started.
Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates said Erskine “went at it pretty hard” yesterday and that they gave him a little rest today to see how he responds tomorrow and that they are still “hoping for the weekend” for his return.
Oates said Eric Fehr (day-to-day, upper body) is “getting better, but still a ways away”.
The Caps forward lines today looked like: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovi, Laich-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Ward, Volpatti-Hendricks-Beagle-Wolski.
Alex Ovechkin left practice bleeding after getting hit in the chin with a puck and went to the doctors to get stitches.
“Part of the job,” Oates said on Ovechkin getting stitches.
Ovechkin tweeted that he got 22 stitches, he should be fine for the weekend.
Tomas Kundratek (lower body) fully practiced today and Oates says they are hoping for his return this weekend as well.
Tom Poti (upper body) also fully practiced. He said he’s still “day-to-day” and that he felt better today, but not great.
Listen here to what Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Poti & Michal Neuvirth had to say following practice today.
Adam Oates Practice Audio
Brooks Laich Practice Audio
Mike Ribeiro Practice Audio
Troy Brouwer Practice Audio
Nicklas Backstrom Practice Audio
Tom Poti Practice Audio
Michal Neuvirth Practice Audio