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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 02/02/2011

Alex Ovechkin, Semyon Varlamov absent from practice


Left wing Alex Ovechkin and goalie Semyon Varlamov were not on the ice for the Washington Capitals' practice this morning, but Alexander Semin, who has been day to day with a lower body injury, skated following the team's 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal last night.

With Ovechkin absent to rest because he was unable to do so during the all-star break, the first line was Jason Chimera, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble. The rest of the lines comprise Semin, Mathieu Perreault and Brooks Laich; Matt Hendricks, Marcus Johansson and Matt Bradley; and Jay Beagle, David Steckel, Boyd Gordon and D.J. King.

Varlamov, who has a history of injuries during his brief time in the NHL, stopped 36 shots against the Canadiens. He missed a healthy portion of the first part of the season but has been stellar recently, with a 1.74 goals against average and a .946 save percentage over his previous 10 games.

Semin, who has missed 10 games, appears close to being able to play again. The left wing is second on the team with 18 goals. Washington's next game is Friday night at Southeast Division leader Tampa Bay.

"He made it through practice, and it was a fairly difficult practice," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I haven't talked to [head trainier Greg Smith] yet, but I'm optimistic, hoping."

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