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Boudreau Calls Off Practice (Updated)

I rushed from the airport to Philips Arena, scrambled to the media room and fired up my laptop so I could provide you with an update on the Caps in the aftermath of last night's 5-0 loss in Chicago.

But, unfortunately, that's not going to happen.

Coach Bruce Boudreau has called off this afternoon's practice -- and I can't really say I blame him. It was pretty obvious the team needed a some time away from the rink, or as Boudreau sometimes calls it, a "mental health day."

Anyway, I'm hoping to catch up with Boudreau by phone at some point. If I do, I'll update the blog later.

(By the way, I'm kidding about the "scrambled to the media room" part.)

Update:Boudreau just held a conference call with the media (actually, it was just me and Corey from the Times talking to him on speaker phone).

*About giving the players today off, he said: "Sometimes you need to get away. I told them I didn't even want you thinking about hockey today."

"It's like studying for exams. You study for too long and your mind goes blank. We could have watched a lot of tape of all our mistakes and focused on it, or we could get away from it, get our energy back up and refocus."

"We've played a lot pressured hockey, playoff like games. I though they needed the rest."

*Boudreau said Chris Clark won't play tomorrow and that the right wing is "futher away than we thought" from returning from the groin tendon injury that's sidelined him for most of the season.

*Sounds like Cristobal Huet will start in goal.

*Boudreau also hinted that there could be a few lineup changes due to some minor injuries/general soreness suffered last night. He said he'll know for sure after the morning skate.

*Boudreau also acknowledged that he thinks it's going to take 91-92 points to get into the playoffs. That means the Caps will likely need to win five or six of the remaining seven games.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 20, 2008; 12:25 PM ET
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