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Optional practice for the Caps

With a month of games nearly every other day, it's not too surprising that the Capitals have an optional practice this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Among those participating are Marcus Johansson and Tyler Sloan, who are both nursing hip flexor injuries.

Those not on the ice include Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Poti, Michal Neuvirth and Mike Green. Also, Semyon Varlamov (groin) was out on the ice with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish once again this morning.

More to come after the skate.

By Katie Carrera  | November 4, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
Categories:  Marcus Johansson, Tyler Sloan  
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No surprise there. Nothing to practice anyway.

Cordially,
RBlatch

Posted by: rblatch45 | November 4, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Sad to see that Poti isn't practicing. Hopefully it's not a setback.

Posted by: cainoo7x | November 4, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"have you ever seen the national anthem in Chicago arena?? Fans clap, cheer, and scream to an incredible crescendo and I get chills just watching it. My veteran friends have no problem yelling "O" and "red" so what gives?"
Posted by: vermontcaps | November 3, 2010 6:23 PM

That's the first time I've seen anyone point to to the miscreants in Chicago as an example of behavior to be admired.
When Wes Johnson introduces the singer for the National Athem, he instructs the fans to remove their hats, veterans may salute, and please sing loudly and proudly. He doesn't suggest that people scream like idiots, insult the other team's players, or shout out to your hometown. I don't think people who act that way hate their country. They are just ignorant and disrespectful, probably because they were never taught any differently. Most of them wouldn't yell during a friend's "Happy Birthday" celebration. Why do it when others are honoring their country?

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | November 4, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I never had a hip flexor injury while I was playing but from reading it sounds as if it is the opposite of a groin pull with all the pain going down the front of the leg from the hip instead of starting in the groin and generating down the rear of the leg.

Could these injuries be caused by poor ice like a lot of groin injuries are? If anyone with any knowledge or personal experience can chime in that would be great!

Posted by: PhilR | November 4, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Chill out Wiley. They're cheering for the anthem not acting "like idiots."

You'd think they were booing, the way this molehill has become a mountain.

Posted by: GFisher1 | November 4, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Wiley,

It appears that you and I are in the minority here when it comes to the anthem which I think is pretty damn sad.

Posted by: PhilR | November 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Why would your team captain and leader of the franchise be at an optional practice...

BECAUSE HE IS LAZY...just like his backchecking...

The Russian way...do only as much as you need to in order to make the big dollar...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | November 4, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

SoaringCaps = Lt in the DB, Company O (Ovechkin Haters).

Start marching.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 4, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I think it would have been a big boost for Knuble if the early 1st chance had gone in. Good play by Schenn (unfortunately for Knuble).

i also thought the Leafs did a great job at neutralizing Kessel last night - he's a bona fide 40+ goal scorer who didn't have much impact last night

Posted by: PSD1 | November 4, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Question (repost):

was it just me or was the ice very bad list night? I'm thinking that's the story of the game: people falling down, all kinds of puck whiffs and mishandles (too many to count). If I'm the players, I'd go to Leonsis and give him some crap about it. They make their living on that ice and they deserve better.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | November 4, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@RedLitYogi,

Yes, the ice was bad last night. According to TSN, which I was watching via NHL Network, they removed the ice sheet completely for the horse show that was in this past week and just put down a new one. This new one has not built up a good depth yet. In fact, they showed on the TV areas where you could see through the ice down to the concrete base under the ice.

Pretty sad.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 4, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is there an optional practice in November? Yesterday's game was the first in 3 days.

Soaringcaps went a little overboard, but he makes a valid point. OV should be at practice, and his backchecking would be considered terrible, if he actually backchecked.

Posted by: Fletch22 | November 4, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but it bugs me when it's almost always the same guys (the young stars who are supposed to be assuming a leadership role on the team) who seem to take the "option" of not practicing. Makes me wonder how the "non-stars" feel about it. Don't often see Brooks Laich's name on the list of guys taking the day off.

Posted by: chombie13 | November 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but it bugs me when it's almost always the same guys (the young stars who are supposed to be assuming a leadership role on the team) who seem to take the "option" of not practicing. Makes me wonder how the "non-stars" feel about it. Don't often see Brooks Laich's name on the list of guys taking the day off.

Posted by: chombie13 | November 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but it bugs me when it's almost always the same guys (the young stars who are supposed to be assuming a leadership role on the team) who seem to take the "option" of not practicing. Makes me wonder how the "non-stars" feel about it. Don't often see Brooks Laich's name on the list of guys taking the day off.

Posted by: chombie13

Agree with you on the same players not on the ice for optional practice. Not to mention, they play tomorrow night against a Bruins team that's been very good.

Posted by: Fletch22 | November 4, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Optional practices let the players who are getting so many minutes in the games, rest and maintain their bodies. It is a very long season and I would rather have our star players fresh than burnt out.

Posted by: boomer44 | November 4, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

As Katie mentioned in the very first sentence, they are playing a month of games every other day. Guys like Ovi play big minutes and should be afforded time to rest themselves. It's not like they are off sleeping in or playing cards. They are typically in the weight room or watching film. Get over it. Nearly every team offers the same accomodation to their big minute players.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 4, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why the anthem is such a big deal considering local games are not national events, why even sing the national anthem? Maybe a local anthem (Hail to the Redskins?) and why only the US and Canadian anthems, why not the anthem for every nation represented?

As far as the "Red" and "Oh" yellers, who cares, I don't participate myself and I just figure that those who do can only remember two words out of the whole song.

Posted by: ds_kelly | November 4, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

For every poster to whine about "our" players not on the ice, I'd like to send them off on skates for 3 hours and then the following day, make them skate for another 2. They'd shut up awfully quick about our players taking time off the next day.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | November 4, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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