As expected this morning, Alex Ovechkin is participating fully in practice after receiving a cortisone shot in his left arm following Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay, which prohibited him from handling the puck the past two days.
There is a new look to Ovechkin today though as he is skating on the right side of a line with Brooks Laich and Marcus Johansson in practice. Earlier this season, on Nov. 24 against Carolina, Coach Bruce Boudreau put Ovechkin on the right side, rather than his usual left, in an effort to spark the captain. Ovechkin tallied three assists in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes that game.
Both Matt Hendricks, who also received a cortisone shot this week, and Mathieu Perreault, who had some work done on his broken nose, are taking part in practice after missing Thursday's session with the team.
Here are what the lines look like at KCI this morning:
Hendricks-Steckel-King or Hendricks-Perreault-Steckel
--After missing the past nine games with a foot infection, Boyd Gordon skated with Matt Bradley (broken finger) ahead of the regularly-scheduled practice. The veteran center has played just 22 games this season.
--In other news around the league, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby missed Pittsburgh's 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal Thursday night with a mild concussion and is expected to be out for at least a week.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Crosby suffered the injury during the Penguins' game against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Bylsma did not attribute Crosby's concussion to the collision with David Steckel at the end of the second period in the Winter Classic and said that the center did not have any symptoms prior to the contest against the Lightning. The NHL reviewed the contact between Steckel and Crosby and did not discipline the Capitals' center.