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Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/ 5/2011

Quick notes from Capitals' practice

By Katie Carrera

A few quick notes from the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs, Fla., where the Capitals are still working through a lengthy practice session:

--As Coach Bruce Boudreau said he would, Mike Green has joined the team on the trip but he is watching the workout from the bench and not on the ice. Green has missed nine of 11 games since he was initially struck in the head by a puck on Feb. 6 against Pittsburgh and three consecutive games since suffering another hit to the head by New York's Derek Stepan on Feb. 25.

--Tom Poti was on the ice at the start of the session but did not stay out for the entire practice.

--Lines this morning are the same as they were against the Blues:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Arnott-Semin
Chimera-Johansson-Sturm-Fehr
Hendricks-Gordon-Bradley-King

Defensive pairings of Alzner-Carlson, Schultz-Hannan and Erskine-Wideman, with Sloan rotating in at various points in time, are also the same as Thursday's contest.

By Katie Carrera  | March 5, 2011; 12:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

I can't believe Green isn't skating!!! He was probably too busy drinking last night to get to the rink and skate today.

(this is a joke, I am not being serious)

Posted by: sgm3 | March 5, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

What does everybody think the lineup looks like when Fehr comes back? Does he take Knuble's spot?

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | March 5, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

How is the mood of the boys ?

Has it changed since aquiring the three seniors?

It would be interesting to know how they mesh. I am always concerned regarding the effects new guys will have on the chemistry.
However the comments of the players indicate that is went all well ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | March 5, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

However, the effects are the same of drinking too much and a concussion: headache ... ;-)

Unfortunately I fear it is the latter which caused Green missing practise - and as you can see from other players it can last a very long time ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | March 5, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

@chris clark sucks

Fehr is going to take over for Knuble at some point (probably next year) but he is definitely part of this team going forward...

that said, for now:
I can see him filling in on the 3rd line for Chimera, with Chimera being moved to 4th line and used for penalty killing and 4-on-4...
Frankly, even without Fehr, I would move Hendricks up to the 3rd line with MaJo and Sturm since I think he has a touch more finish around the net than Erskine...

My scratch is probably Bradley...but it's nice depth to have.

Posted by: cotelloer | March 5, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I mean...in reality, it's only a matter of time before Boyd get hurts and makes who is scratched a non-question...

Then i have a 4th line (with Fehr back) of...

Chimera-Hendricks-Bradley
does anyone know if Arnott is good on face-offs, cause with Backstrom's thumb on-the-mend, Steckel gone, and Boyd "Glass" Gordon, I really wonder who is going to be THE ONE for those late-game in our own zone faceoffs...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 5, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The question of when Fehr plays again is tied to two things - injuries to any other forward and the competency of the others to take faceoffs. Gordon will eventually get injured again and he will not be able to be out there for every key faceoff. When others are asked to do step in and give him support it will probably open up a spot to play Fehr regularly.

I say that knowing Fehr is no worse than 3rd line material and if there is an injury or really sporadic play by Knuble then fehr gets on the 2nd line.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 5, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I saw a stat that showed that the Devils and the Islanders have the most points in the Atlantic division since December 15, 2010.

That is a period of almost 3 months of hockey, that is a long run. The Devils and Islanders only have themselves to blame for playing so poorly early in the season, but it is an interesting stat.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 5, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3 - well the Devils have themselves to blame....dont think the Islanders were put together to be very good all season...I am enjoying watching PIT, PHI, and NYR struggle playing them though.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 5, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

PHI is currently down late in the 3rd now to Buffalo 4-3 and may lose again and tonight hopefully Montreal will defeat TB. As crazy as it would have seemed not too long ago, if the Caps stay hot they could actually win the Eastern Conference again this year. Not that that is nor should it be the real goal as they need to be healthy and ready to play during the only season that counts, the Playoffs.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 5, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

PHI is currently down late in the 3rd now to Buffalo 4-3 and may lose again and tonight hopefully Montreal will defeat TB. As crazy as it would have seemed not too long ago, if the Caps stay hot they could actually win the Eastern Conference again this year. Not that that is nor should it be the real goal as they need to be healthy and ready to play during the only season that counts, the Playoffs.
Hey all do you really want the Caps to win the Presidents trophy? comon that is a curse do the research. only 1 team whose won it have gone on to win everything. The Redwings back in 07 I think.

Posted by: rclow | March 5, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@MReilly9 & rclow

Agree. I'll be rooting for Montreal to dump Tampa tonight. Speaking of which, I'll be headed up for Montreal in mid March where I'll be watching those same two teams on St. Patrick's day (and rooting for the Habs).

I'm heading there since I had promised myself I would go attend a game in the arena of the team who dumped Pittsburgh in the playoffs and root for that team. So Montreal it was and, of course, I had to strategically choose an opponent who I could root against without guilt. Hence Tampa. Looks like I chose only too well.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 5, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

Good choice on planning on watching Montreal and TB. That should be a fun trip! I hope to travel to a game in Montreal next season, probably a weekend game.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 5, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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