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Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Hunter won’t disclose starter vs. Red Wings; Halpern could return to action

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Caps did not host a full morning skate today at Joe Louis Arena. In fact, only one player who suited up in Chicago went onto the ice.

Coach Dale Hunter, however, met with reporters for a few minutes. Here’s what he had to say:

*Hunter wouldn’t divulge his starting goaltender. But we know it won’t be Tomas Vokoun, who is hurt.

Prospect Braden Holtby wasn’t giving it up, either. “I’m glad to be up here and if called upon I’ll be ready,” he said.

Asked whether he would consider starting Holtby, Hunter said: “It’s one of those things that’s out there, but you have to be careful this time of year.”

In Holtby’s only NHL start this season, the 22-year-old made 30 saves in a 5-3 loss to San Jose on Feb. 13.

*Hunter was also mum on whether he planned to tweak his lineup in the aftermath of Sunday’s 5-2 loss in Chicago.

It is believed, however, that center Jeff Halpern, a healthy scratch the past five games, could return. Makes sense, given that he’s the team’s best player in the faceoff circle and the Caps won a mere 35 percent of their draws against the Blackhawks.

We’ll have a better idea of tonight’s lineup in a few hours. So check back around game time.

*Nicklas Backstrom skated for a seventh straight day today, according to the Capitals.

More on the Capitals:
Tomas Vokoun still battling groin injury
A very optional morning skate in Detroit
Caps offer little resistance, get help in Winnipeg
What’s to blame for Caps’ lack of power plays?

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