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Lepisto Recalled (and Returned)

Defenseman Sami Lepisto has been recalled from Hershey and is on the ice for practice this morning. Why? He's been playing well for the Bears -- how does 29 points (two goals and 27 assists) in 37 games sound? -- and there's probably some concern about John Erskine's health. Erskine missed Sunday's game with an undisclosed ailment, but is on the ice today.

The Caps leave later for a road trip that could be memorable for a couple of reasons. One, the Southeast Division leaders can put some distance between themselves and everyone else. Two, it's the first father-son road trip in the franchise has hosted in recent memory. Sixteen fathers (and mentors) will meet the team in Florida on Thursday to get a taste of life on the road in the NHL. There are father-son dinners planned as well as other activities (mostly for the dads).

Meantime, all the players are out there, with the exception of right wing Chris Clark (groin tendon) and defenseman Brian Pothier (concussion).

Update: False alarm on Lepisto. He's been returned to Hershey. He was merely insurance in case Erskine couldn't go on the trip, and Erskine said he's ready.

As for the father-son trip, sounds like the players are pumped.

"My dad doesn't get excited about a lot of things, but he can't stop smiling about this," said Eric Fehr, whose father, Frank, will get to escape Manitoba's harsh winter. "He's so happy to get to hang out with the other dads -- and get a trip to Florida."

Also, looks like Olie Kolzig will start in net tomorrow and Brent Johnson will get one of the games on the weekend.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 12, 2008; 10:28 AM ET
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